ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Five adult members of a family died in a one-car accident on the way home from a family reunion, with four injured children taken to local hospitals, the Florida Highway Patrol said on Monday.
The accident occurred at 11 p.m. on Sunday on Interstate 95 between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the SUV involved was heading south in the middle lane of the interstate when the rear left tire blew out and driver Hugo Campos-Leon, 18, lost control.
The SUV swerved off the road and plowed into several trees before rolling over on its right side. Only the driver and right-front passenger were wearing seatbelts, and several passengers were ejected from the car, FHP Lt. William Leeper said. He said Campos-Leon was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Other relatives of the children were contacted Monday to begin making arrangements for the children. All nine family members involved in the accident as well as the relatives called to care for the children live in Eustis, 40 miles northwest of Orlando.
Dead at the scene were Fidel Salgado, 36, and Ana Lilia Figueroa-Garcia, 34, whose son Jairo Salgado, 11, was hospitalized in serious condition, and whose daughter Dayanna Salgado, 6, was in the hospital with minor injuries, according to the FHP.
Also dead at the scene were Maria Mercedez Corona-Leon, 28, and Maria Celia Leon de Corona, 48, the mother and grandmother of Liset Villanueva-Leon, 6, who is hospitalized in serious condition, and Aldo Villanueva-Leon, 6, who was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the FHP.
(Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Jerry Norton)