TITUSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — Three girls under the age of 18 died and eight others were injured in a single-vehicle crash on I-95 Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The highway patrol says the crash happened around 6:40 p.m. Monday in Titusville, about 40 miles east of Orlando.
According to WESH, 11 people were inside the white Dodge Durango that was heading northbound on I-95 when a tire malfunction caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. A toddler and three others were ejected from the SUV.
Officials said the toddler, who was in a car seat, was thrown out of the vehicle over a barrier wall and landed in the yard of a home in an adjacent neighborhood.
Officials believe the tire malfunction caused the SUV to flip multiple times.
“Fire rescue was trying to determine where that child was. When they arrived on scene, officers, troopers and deputies heard the crying and found the child on the other side of the wall. That child was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital,” said Steven Montiero with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Montiero says at least some people weren’t wearing seatbelts.
Northbound I-95 was temporarily shut down near mile marker 220 in Brevard County. All lanes of I-95 reopened around 10 p.m. Monday.
All of the victims were either family members or friends with one another. The names of the victims have not been released.
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