Report: No mechanical issues with church van that crashed

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Posted: Aug 06, 2015 9:48 AM

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A homicide report released by the Florida Highway Patrol says no mechanical problems were found on a church van that crashed while carrying 18 people home from Palm Sunday services, killing eight.

The report found that the four passengers sitting on the rear bench died immediately when the van ran through a stop sign at a dimly lit intersection in Moore Haven and plunged into a canal. Four others also died and 10 were injured in the March 30 crash.

The van had been carrying members of the Independent Haitian Assembly Church of God home to Fort Pierce following church services in Fort Myers.

The Palm Beach Post (http://pbpo.st/1UpO1H9 ) reports autopsy and toxicology reports on the van driver showed drugs or alcohol played no part in the crash.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com