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Fiery Florida Crash Kills Five Children from Small Louisiana Town

January 20, 2019

GAINESVILLE, FL. – A fiery four-vehicle crash in Gainesville, Florida, killed five children from a small town in Louisiana, according to an online news report from The children were on a church trip to Disney World and were caught in a collision involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 75.*

On January 4, a van from the Avoyelles House of Mercy Pentecostal Church in Marksville, Louisiana, was heading to Disney World in Florida. The van was loaded with nine children and three adults and was about an hour away from its destination. As the van passed through Gainesville on I-75 South, it became involved in a major accident. 

A tractor-trailer and a car on the northbound side of the interstate somehow collided. Both vehicles then slammed through the median guardrail and into the southbound lanes, where they collided with the church van and another tractor-trailer. Upon impact, diesel fuel spilled from one or both of the tractor-trailers, and the scene erupted in flames. 

Five children, ages 9 through 14, were killed in the accident. The drivers of both tractor-trailers were also killed. The large loss of life has had a significant effect on the small town of Marksville, which has a population of 5,500. When town residents heard preliminary information about the crash on the news, they knew their friends and loved ones were affected. 

“We knew it had to be them,” said Jacqueline Williams, the aunt of one of the children who was killed. “When they left, you were looking for them to go have fun and enjoy themselves. No one expected anything like this to happen.” 

The cause of the accident is not yet clear and is still under investigation. A lawsuit has reportedly been filed on behalf of one of the children who died in the wreck. 

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