A VAN full of children heading to Disney World is said to have been caught up in a fatal fireball crash yesterday afternoon, according to local reports.
At least seven people have been killed on Interstate 75 in Florida after two big rigs and two passenger vehicles crashed.
Children are said to have been caught up in a horrifying fatal crash in Florida[/caption]
The horror smash spilt 50 gallons of diesel over the US highway – sparking a huge fire.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, kids who were on their way to Disney World were involved in the deaths, reports ABC Action News.
The fire has since been put out, and investigators have said they are treating the smash as a homicide, but didn’t elaborate on why.
Several people, some reports suggest eight, were rushed to hospital – some with critical injuries.
A spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol said their top priorities were to identify the dead and investigate what happened.
Shocking footage of the aftermath of the crash showed thick black smoke billowing from a number of vehicles on fire, with emergency services sprawled over the road.
Two tractor trailer, a van and a midsize sedan were caught up in the smash.
FHP Lt. Patrick Riordan told the Gainsville Sun five of the victims who died were in the passenger van.
He added others from the van were hospitalised, but he did not know how many.
Alachua County Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said dispatch records indicate one of the vehicles was a van with a group of children who were heading to Disney World.
A student who saw the flames covering the highway said it looked like a different world as people were laid out in the road following the smash.
She told the Gainsville Sun: “We kept seeing these little explosions and fire. The heat, it was insane.”
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The rescue efforts closed part of the highway in both directions, causing massive delays.
Debris including personal property and vehicle parts was scattered across the road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
A helicopter arrived to search for any victims who may have been in nearby woods.
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