3 Killed In Church Van Crash On Way To Tallahassee

Maliya Chrishon, 8, Micah Goldsmith, 11 (in cheerleader uniform), and Patricia Baker, 58 | Source: Facebook
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Associated Press Release

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Two children and a woman are dead following the crash of the church van they were riding in.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports the driver lost control of the van Saturday morning after a rear tire blew out. At least 10 people were on the van, which was heading to Tallahassee on Interstate 10.

The newspaper reports 8-year-old Maliya Chrishon, 11-year-old Micah Goldsmith and 58-year-old Patricia Baker died in the crash. They were on board the van from Gospel of the Kingdom Church in DeFuniak Springs.

Services at the Panhandle church were called off Sunday as most of the small congregation visited the injured passengers in hospitals.

The newspaper reports Goldsmith's mother, grandmother and baby sister were also in the van. Her mother is in critical condition.

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