Monday, September 16, 2013

Three Deaths In Church Van Crash On I-75

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Three people died after a crash on I-75 Saturday in a van transporting a church group from Fort Lauderdale.

At about 7:23. a.m. Saturday morning, a 2003 Ford E350 passenger van was traveling northbound in the inside lane on I-75 (State Road 93) over the County Road 850 (Corkscrew Road) overpass when he left rear tire tread separated from the tire.

Ose Elian, 22 of Laudrdale and Gertha Petit Frere, 62 of Sunrise have been pronounced deceased as of 9-15-13 at 7:30 pm. according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Nostra Damas, 20 of North Lauderdale also died in the crash. 13 others suffered injuries ranging from minor to critical.

The van traveled onto the emergency lane and the driver Nola Phanor, 45 of Sunrise then attempted to steer it back onto the inside lane when it began to rotate clockwise and subsequently overturned,  caming to final rest on it's roof facing east in the outside lane.

This crash remains under investigation (to include the use of seatbelts and as to what specific passengers were ejected). At this time, no additional information will be released said FHP Trooper S. Rongish and homicide investigator Cpl. M. Mchaud.

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