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Florida trucker arrested for drunk driving and faces manslaughter charges after collision with bus that killed eight people and injured 40 in horror crash

A Florida trucker faces drunk driving and manslaughter charges after a horror crash in which a bus left eight people dead and at least 40 others injured.

The accident happened in Dunnellon, Marion County, Tuesday morning around 6:30 a.m.

The bus was transporting 53 workers to a watermelon farm, which authorities said was Cannon Farms, when it collided with a Ford Ranger truck.

The incident caused the bus to veer off the road and through a fence where it overturned, killing eight passengers and injuring at least 40 others.

Police arrested Bryan Maclean Howard, the driver of the truck, Tuesday afternoon on eight charges of driving under the influence and manslaughter.

Police arrested Bryan Maclean Howard, the driver of the truck, Tuesday afternoon on eight charges including driving under the influence and manslaughter.

Police arrested Bryan Maclean Howard, the driver of the truck, Tuesday afternoon on eight charges including driving under the influence and manslaughter.

A horror crash involving a bus in Florida has killed at least eight people, left eight others in critical condition and hospitalized at least 37 people.

A horror crash involving a bus in Florida has killed at least eight people, left eight others in critical condition and hospitalized at least 37 people.

The accident happened in Dunnellon, Marion County, Tuesday morning around 6:30 a.m.

The accident happened in Dunnellon, Marion County, Tuesday morning around 6:30 a.m.

It is unclear what caused the crash, although aerial footage shows a crumpled gray van also believed to have been involved in the incident.

It is unclear what caused the crash, although aerial footage shows a crumpled gray van also believed to have been involved in the incident.

FLHSMV Executive Director Dave Kerner said, “The initial investigation reveals that the two vehicles came into contact during a sideswipe collision.

“After the collision, the bus left the road, went through a fence and then overturned. Currently, eight people have been confirmed dead and approximately 40 people have been transported to local medical facilities.

“The identities of the deceased will be released pending notification of next of kin. Our sympathies and prayers are with the families of the deceased.

“Consistent with our duties, the Florida Highway Patrol will conduct both a thorough and comprehensive motor vehicle crash investigation and a criminal investigation. »

Authorities said the workers were employed by a private company and the business owner was among those taken to the hospital, according to OCALA.

Of the 40 people injured, 37 were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Eight of them were in critical condition.

Initial reports incorrectly said the crash involved schoolchildren, but authorities clarified that a Marion County Public Schools bus was used to transport the injured from the scene to the hospital.

Crews from the Marion County Fire Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are assisting victims of Tuesday morning's horror crash.

Crews from the Marion County Fire Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are assisting victims of Tuesday morning’s horror crash.

Authorities said the bus was headed to Cannon Farms, about 15 miles from the crash site.

Authorities said the bus was headed to Cannon Farms, about 15 miles from the crash site.

Authorities said 53 “migrant workers” were traveling on the bus to a watermelon plantation before it overturned.

Authorities said 53 “migrant workers” were traveling on the bus to a watermelon plantation before it overturned.

The footage showed a crumpled gray van also believed to have been involved in the incident. The driver was also taken to hospital in serious condition.

Florida authorities closed sections of State Road 40 West to deal with the deadly wreck.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene and officials said the investigation is being led by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Cannon Farms, the intended destination, said on Facebook after the accident: “We will be closed today out of respect for the losses and injuries suffered early this morning in the accident that took place at the Olvera Trucking Harvesting Corp .

“Please pray with us for the families and loved ones involved in this tragic accident. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

It's unclear what caused the fatal crash, which is also believed to have involved a pickup truck.

It’s unclear what caused the fatal crash, which is also believed to have involved a pickup truck.

Florida authorities have closed sections of State Road 40 West as they deal with the deadly wreck.

Florida authorities have closed sections of State Road 40 West as they deal with the deadly wreck.

Olvera Trucking, the owner of the bus involved in the accident, had recently offered a job as a temporary driver to bus workers traveling to watermelon farms.

The position also involved operating harvesting equipment and was paid $14.77 per hour.

The Associated Press found that a Labor Department document shows Olvera recently directed 43 H-2A workers to harvest watermelons at Cannon Farms this month.

The company again offered a base rate of $14.77 an hour, with promises of housing and transportation to and from the fields.

The H-2A program allows U.S. employers or agents who meet certain regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals into the country to fill temporary agricultural jobs.

Florida farms employ more H-2A workers than any other state, about 50,000 per year, according to the Florida Fruit & Vegetal Association.

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