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Church van crash kills 2: Van flips several times, only 1 wearing seat belt

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A church van crash killed two people and ejected other passengers as it flipped several times after a tire blew on Florida's Interstate 74. The van was carrying teens from a Florida church headed towards a youth camp in Georgia, but the van never made it out of the state of Florida due to the crash, according to on Feb. 22.

The church van was carrying at least nine passengers from the First Baptist Church of New Port Richey,. The passengers were all teens except for the driver and chaperone. When the left rear tire blew, the van swerved into the eastbound shoulder of the road then flipping several times before coming to a stop.

The church van driver Jeff Novak, 52, and the chaperone for the church youths Michalanne Salliotte, 44, died on the scene, according to Tampa Bay Times. Only one teenager out of the group was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

A 14-year-old boy, identified as Jacob Newman, suffered critical injuries in the crash, he was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, along with three other teens. Four teens were taken to Lake City Medical Center.

The condition of the seven teens taken to the area hospitals are not known at this time.



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