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Tragic, Fatal Wreck on I-75 in Gainesville, Florida

February 12, 2019

GAINESVILLE, FL. – A family has filed a lawsuit in connection with a child’s death caused by a four-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 in Gainesville, Florida, according to an online story published at The family tragically lost a 14-year-old boy in the crash who was on his way to a church trip to Disney World. He was one of five children killed in the wreck.*

12 people, including nine children, were on their way to Disney World in Florida. They were traveling as a group from the Avoyelles House of Mercy Pentecostal Church in Marksville, Louisiana, and were headed south on I-75. 

On the northbound side of the interstate in Gainesville, a tractor-trailer driven by 59-year-old Steve Holland, of West Palm Beach, Florida, crashed into a Honda driven by Robyn Rattray (age not reported), of Gainesville. Both the tractor-trailer and the Honda then slammed through a guardrail and crossed into the southbound lanes of the interstate. There they hit the church van and a second tractor-trailer driven by 49-year-old Douglas Bolkema, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

The church van rolled numerous times, and several people in the van were ejected. The site turned into a large fire after diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway. Holland, Bolkema, and five children tragically died in the crash. Several others were seriously injured. 

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