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Pickup Driver Arrested After Crash With Migrant Worker Bus in Florida Kills 8

U.S.Pickup Driver Arrested After Crash With Migrant Worker Bus in Florida Kills 8

At least eight people were killed and dozens of others were injured on Tuesday after a bus carrying migrant farm workers in Central Florida collided with a pickup truck driven by a man under the influence, the authorities said.

A retired school bus was carrying 53 migrant workers when collided with an oncoming Ford pickup truck that had veered toward the road’s centerline, according to Lt. Patrick Riordan, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, which is investigating.

The bus then drove through a fence, hit a tree and overturned, Lieutenant Riordan said at a news conference, adding that the collision happened in a “sideswipe manner.”

The driver of the pickup truck, Bryan MacLean Howard, 41, was arrested on eight counts of D.U.I. manslaughter, the authorities said Tuesday afternoon.

It was unclear Tuesday evening if Mr. Howard had legal representation.

In Florida, a D.U.I. manslaughter conviction carries a minimum sentence of four years in prison.

All eight people who died had been on the bus. About 40 others, including the driver of the pickup truck, were taken to hospitals to be treated for injuries, Lt. Riordan said. He said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the crash site that several people were in critical condition, adding that there was a “high probability” that the number of fatalities would rise.


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