Bus crash on SR-40 in Ocala kills 8 and leaves dozens injured: Click here for the shocking details!

OCALA, Florida – A tragic crash on SR-40 in Ocala has left eight people dead and dozens hospitalized, Florida Highway Patrol reported on Tuesday. Of the individuals affected, eight are in critical condition, with a total of 53 patients involved in the devastating accident. The FHP expressed concerns that the number of fatalities may rise beyond the current count.

The crash occurred when a 2010 International bus carrying 53 farm workers to Cannon Farms in Dunnellon collided with a Ford Ranger truck in a sideswiped manner. The bus veered off the roadway, crashed through a fence, struck a tree, and overturned. The truck, traveling east, crossed the center line and collided with the bus heading west.

Lt. Patrick Riordan from FHP stated the investigation into the crash will be thorough, but it will take time to gather all the facts. The driver of the truck, Bryan Maclean Howard, has been arrested and faces eight counts of DUI manslaughter in connection with the incident. It was mentioned that the victims are believed to be migrant farm workers, and Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods emphasized their hard work and contribution to the community.

Cannon Farms, where the workers were headed, announced their closure for the day, expressing condolences and asking for prayers for those involved. AdventHealth and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital are treating patients from the crash, with several individuals already discharged. The community has come together to support the victims and their families, with the Farmworker Association of Florida setting up a verified GoFundMe page for donations.

As the investigation continues, SR-40 has reopened to traffic after being closed in both directions. Marion County Public Schools assisted in transporting victims to the hospital, showing solidarity and support in the wake of the tragic accident. Family members seeking assistance can access financial and emotional support through dedicated hotlines, ensuring help is available around the clock for those affected by the crash.