Video Footage Shows Semi-Truck Accident that Tragically Kills Seven
GAINESVILLE, FL – According to an online news report from cbsnews.com, “CBS This Morning” has been able to obtain video footage of a semi-truck accident who slammed into a church van that killed 7 individuals. 5 of the victims were en route to Disney World.*
The video is a key piece of evidence for the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation, which is now trying to determine the cause of the accident.
According to one victim of the accident, "I remember closing my eyes and thinking this is it. We're gonna die.” This victim, a woman who was 31 weeks pregnant at the time of the accident, was a chaperone in the church van that was going to Disney World back in January. She woke up on the pavement of the roadway covered in blood and surrounded by wreckage, the fire-engulfed 18-wheeler, and bodies.
The woman’s 13-year-old daughter and her daughter’s cousin were among those who died in the accident that occurred on Interstate 75. The deceased victims, ages 9 through 14, were from the small Louisiana town of Marksville. They had saved up their money to go to Disney World for a year before the trip.
"I said, 'No, I don't want you tell me. I don't want to hear that. I don't want you to tell me that my daughter's gone. I don't want you to tell that she's not here anymore," the woman said.
The woman’s other daughter survived the accident. The woman and other survivors are now suing the trucking company for negligence and wrongful death. According to a lawyer that represents most of the victims, he believes that based on the video, the accident was completely preventable.
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by authorities.
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