2 more confirmed dead after church van crash

Published On: Sep 16 2013 12:48:37 AM EDT
A church van traveling from Lauderhill to Tampa rolled over on I-75 near Fort Myers.

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ESTERO, Fla. -

Two more people were confirmed dead at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening as a result of a church van involved in a rollover crash Saturday morning.

The church van was traveling from Lauderhill to Tampa when it rolled over on I-75 near Fort Myers Saturday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol reported Nostra Damas, 20, died in the 7:30 a.m. crash on the I-75 northbound lane in Lee County, and now Ose Elian, 22, and Gertha Petit Frere, 62, have both been confirmed to have died due to injuries from the accident

Police say five other people are in serious to critical condition.

Maranatha of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5770 W. Oakland Park Blvd., in Lauderhill owns the van that was involved in the crash.

Dortha Philidor, who witnessed the crash, told Local 10's Donnie Dallas that there were three vans going to the Seventh-day Adventist Church Florida Conference in Tampa.

When the vans' left rear tire blew up, she said, the driver lost control. The van then rolled over and several people were sent flying out of the van, she said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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