Deadly Accident on I-10 Death Toll Rises

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The death toll in last week's accident has risen.

The accident happened when an SUV carrying 7 Arkansas friends veered off the road and went airborne.

2 passengers died on the scene. And we've received word that 20-year-old Kali Sparks died on Thursday. Troopers say she was taken off life support after being in a medically induced coma for nearly a week. Troopers also say doctors determined Sparks was brain dead and took her off life support once organ donation was arranged.

2 others remain hospitalized in critical condition.

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Three people are still hospitalized following last week's deadly accident on I-10.

The accident occurred when an SUV carrying 7 friends veered off the road and overturned in the air.

24-year-old Tyler Bass, 21-year-old Sarah White, and 20-year-old Kali Sparks are in critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Officials at the Florida Highway Patrol say the 3 have been in medically induced comas since the accident last week.

29 year old Lucy S. Bolton and 22-year-old Ron Windole died on the scene.

20-year-old Ashley Spencer and 21-year-old Dorothy suffered non-life threatening injuries have since been released from the hospital.

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Two people are dead and three are in medically induced comas following Wednesday's accident on I-10.

An SUV carrying 7 friends went airborne and overturned, landing on the guardrail. The Florida Highway Patrol says 29-year-old Lucy Bolton and 22-year-old Ron Windole Elmore died at the scene.

24-year-old Tyler Bass, 21-year-old Sarah White, and 20-year-old Kali Sparks are listed in critical condition, in medically induced comas at Tallahassee Memorial. 20-year-old Ashley Spencer, is in stable condition.

21-year-old Dorothy French has been released from the hospital-- FHP says she was the only one wearing a seat belt.

Our affiliate station in Little Rock reports all were living in Conway, Arkansas, and all worked together at the Marketplace Grill.

They say the group was on their way to Disney World when the accident happened.

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Two people are dead and five others are recovering following a devastating accident on I-10 Wednesday.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 29 year old Lucy S. Bolton and 22-year-old Ron Windole Elmore died of fatal injuries when an S-U-V carrying seven people, all in their 20's, drove onto the median on I-10 in Gadsden County just after 9 a.m..

Troopers say when the driver of the S-U-V tried to get back onto the highway, the vehicle went airborne, throwing six of the people out of the car.

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Eastbound lanes of I-10 were shut down for hours after an SUV crashed into the guardrail. The accident happened just after 9 am Wednesday morning.

The first who arrived on the scene say they drove up to find the SUV on the side of the road and bodies on the ground.

An SUV made its way down I-10 until for some reason it drove into the median.

"It tried to re-enter the interstate, it went airborne, overturned in the air, ejecting six people. At that point and then landed on its side. Rolled over probably 2 or 3 more times and then landed on the
guardrail," says Lieutenant Kenneth Ellis of the Florida Highway Patrol.

A number of people in other cars and trucks pulled over to help. But for some it was too late. "The guy that was laying there, he was trying to grasp for air. And I watched him die in front of me. You know he couldn't breathe because he just had so much blood coming out of him. It's just, it's just too much you know," says truck driver Alvert McDowell.

"I started crying because there was nothing I could do," adds Charles Johnson, another truck driver on the scene.

Some of the first to arrive on the scene say there was an eerie calm in the air. "There was no chaos, just bodies on the ground. Clothing on the ground. Everything they had in the truck was on the ground. It's hard to understand how seven people were thrown out of the car," says Johnson.

Troopers have an explanation. They say no one in the SUV was wearing a seat belt. So when the SUV went airborne almost everyone inside was thrown out.

Troopers have not identified the people, but they say all appeared to be in their twenties. They also say everyone was from out of state and the SUV had an Arkansas license plate.

The cause of the crash is still unclear. All survivors were taken to Tallahassee Memorial where two are in critical condition, two more are listed as serious and one is fair.

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The Florida Highway Patrol says eastbound I-10 at mile marker 162 in Chattahoochee will be closed for at least another two hours until about 1:00. Ten miles of I-10 in that area are closed.

Two people are confirmed dead. Two are in serious condition, two more are in serious condition and on is fair. They were all taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

All seven were in an SUV and troopers say no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt. Troopers say the victims are all from out of state and in their 20's. Troopers are investigating the cause of the accident.

Eastbound lanes are shut down at exit 158 diverting onto County Road 286.
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As of 11:10 a.m.:

FHP is diverting eastbound traffic on to County Rd. 286. A 10 mile stretch of I-10 eastbound will be closed down for at least another two hours.
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Florida Highway Patrol is reporting three people are dead in a tragic car crash on I-10. The interstate is closed eastbound at mile marker 162, near Chattahoochee. Six people were ejected and three died. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.



 

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