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Highway Patrol: 8 dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashes into canal

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Eight people died and 10 others were injured when a van from a church ran through a stop sign, ending up in a drainage canal in FL. WPTV photo Eight people died and 10 others were injured when a van from a church ran through a stop sign, ending up in a drainage canal in FL. WPTV photo
MOORE HAVEN, FL (WPTV) - Eight people died and 10 others were injured when a van from a church ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and landed in a canal in rural southwest Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The van was from the Independent Haitian Assembly of God in Fort Pierce.  Church members were returning from Palm Sunday services in Fort Myers. 

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday in Glades County at an intersection. Glades County is west of Lake Okeechobee.


Lt. Gregory S. Bueno said the van was heading back to Fort Pierce, which is north of West Palm Beach on Florida's Atlantic coast, after a weekend convention in Fort Myers. There were 18 people on the van. The driver and seven passengers are confirmed dead.

Bueno said it was not foggy in the area when the crash occurred.

The 10 other passengers were taken to four hospitals, Bueno said. A 4-year-old child was in stable condition at a Fort Myers hospital. At least two patients were classified as trauma alerts. The injury status of two others weren't immediately known. The conditions of the other passengers ranged from serious to stable.

One of the five patients taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers was released, said Chris Dion, the hospital's administrative supervisor. Two patients there were in critical condition and two others were in stable condition Monday morning, he said.

The church has about 200 members in its congregation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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