One dead, four critical, 11 injured in I-75 crash

Three people were killed and 13 were injured in a van crash on Interstate 75 Saturday morning September 14, 2013.

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Three people were killed and 13 were injured in a van crash on Interstate 75 Saturday morning September 14, 2013.

Nostra Damas, 20

Nostra Damas, 20

— A Broward County man is dead and four others in critical condition following a Saturday morning crash on Interstate 75 at Corkscrew Road.

A church group from Lauderhill was traveling to Tampa when the passenger van's left rear tire tread separated from the tire around 7:30 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The driver, Nola Phanor, 45, went into the emergency lane, troopers reported.

When Phanor tried to steer back into the inside lane, the van rotated clockwise and overturned, coming to rest on its roof facing east in the outside lane.

The van was from Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lauderhill, 5770 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Nostra Damas, 20, of North Lauderdale, was killed in the crash.

Those patients in critical condition are Evelie Jean Francois, 39, of Fort Lauderdale; Claudine Aveske, 2, of Lauderhill; Ose Elian, 22, of Sunrise; and Gertha Petit Frere, 62, of Sunrise.

Other passengers include:

•Leeann Jean Jack, 44, of Fort Lauderdale, who was seriously injured and is being treated at Lee Memorial Hospital;

•Angeline Aveske, 30, of Lauderhill, who had minor injuries and is being treated at Lee Memorial Hospital;

•Mari Desauguste, 62, of Fort Lauderdale, who was seriously injured and is being treated at Lee Memorial Hospital;

•Melinda Damas, 21, of North Lauderdale, who had minor injuries and is being treated at Gulf Coast Medical Center;

•Carine Celestin, 34, of Lauderhill, who had minor injuries and is being treated at Gulf Coast Medical Center;

•Roland Celestin, 43, of Lauderhill, who had minor injuries and is being treated at Gulf Coast Medical Center;

•Fifie Joseph, 62, of Lauderhill, who was seriously injured and is being treated at Lee Memorial Hospital;

•Venevoix Caneus, 42, of Fort Lauderdale, who had minor injuries and is being treated at Lee Memorial Hospital;

•Junny Ducatel, 44, of Lauderdale Lakes, who had minor injuries and is being treated at Gulf Coast Medical Center.

•and Elimane Pierre, 42, of Lauderdale Lakes, who had minor injuries and is being treated at Gulf Coast Medical Center;

The crash remains under an FHP investigation. Troopers still are trying to determine who was using a seat belt.



Earlier reporting:

At least one person is confirmed dead following a Saturday morning crash on Interstate 75 at Corkscrew Road.

A spokeswoman from Lee Memorial Hospital, Mary Briggs, said a trauma alert was issued for seven of the van's passengers, while two others were being treated at Lee Memorial for slightly less serious injuries. Six other passengers were taken to Gulf Coast Medical Center, she said, for a total of 15 people injured in the crash.

The crash involved a church van, one of three that was traveling from Broward County to Tampa for an event, according to Lt. Greg Bueno, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol. The van was from a Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lauderhill located at 5770 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Several people were ejected from the van, Bueno said.

Bueno said troopers are at the hospital trying to confirm the number of patients and extent of injuries. Bueno said he did not know if there were children in the van.

The wreck appeared to be caused by a tire blowout, according to a preliminary investigation, he said.

The white church van with could be seen on the overpass, overturned and crushed by the guardrail of the northbound lane. Police cars were lined up across I-75 north, blocking traffic and diverting it as troopers worked at the crash scene. The overpass was filled with police cars, fire trucks and emergency vehicles. TV news trucks were parked below, on the median, trying to get shots as traffic was diverted off the overpass, but allowed to return to I-75 on the entrance ramp, just beyond the crash scene.

All northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are now clear.

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Comments » 2

RayPray writes:

Surprised that Nostra damus was not able to predict this tragedy 2 centuries back....

Konfuzius writes:

He did. He said in far future ago a coach of iron without horses is involved in an accident. One guy will be killed. He choose my name: Nostra Damas!
HE IS THE SECOND MESSENGER OF THE APOCALYPSE.
You are not very good informed Ray. To bad.

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