(Orlando Sentinel) Seven people were killed — including five children — in a fiery four-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 near Gainesville Thursday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Stressing the information was preliminary, FHP Lt. Patrick Riordan told reporters at a 10 a.m. Friday news conference that the children were believed to range in age from 8 or 9 to teenagers.
Riordan said the van was heading south from Avoyelles Parish, in the Marksville area of central eastern Louisiana. Spectrum News 13 reported Friday that the van was heading to Orlando.
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Riordan called the crash a “heartbreaking event.”