Van carrying migrant workers flips in Fla.; 3 die

June 3, 2012 - 4:55 PM

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a van carrying more than a dozen Haitian migrant farmworkers has flipped over on a central Florida highway, killing three.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said the farmworkers were traveling Sunday morning in a 15-passenger van to New Jersey for work.

Montes said one of the van's tires separated, causing the driver to lose control on Interstate 95 near the Volusia-Flagler county line.

The van flipped over multiple times, ejecting some of the passengers. Montes said two men and one woman died at the scene.

Montes said two passengers were hospitalized in critical condition. Nine other passengers were taken to hospitals with varying degrees of injuries.

According to a state police report, the van's 57-year-old driver suffered minor injuries.

Montes said a language barrier has complicated the crash investigation.