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Semi crosses median and plows into church van in new video released by investigators


Federal investigators have released new dash cam footage of the moments leading up to a fatal semi truck crash involving a church van that happened earlier this year.

On July 31, CBS This Morning shared dash cam video that is part of a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into a crash that left seven people dead in January 2019.

The crash happened on January 3 on I-75 near Gainesville, Florida when a semi truck crossed the median and struck multiple vehicles, including a church van headed to Disney World.

Five children and two adults — including truck driver Steve Holland– lost their lives in the violent crash.

Holland was driving for Eagle Express Lines at the time of the crash. The company says that they believe that Holland suffered from a medical emergency. “We lost a life in this tragedy as well. Mr. Holland was an excellent driver and had driven this same route hundreds of times. He is deeply missed by his friends and family. It appears that he suffered a sudden medical emergency that rendered him unconscious, thus leading to the accident,” said Eagle Express Lines General Counsel Aaron Gunderson.

NTSB investigators are using the dash cam video as well as other evidence to try to determine what caused the crash but they have yet to provide comment on the cause.

Crash survivors have filed suit claiming negligence and wrongful death.

To see the dash cam clip and learn more, see the video below.

Jarring new video shows the moment a semi-truck plowed into van, killing seven

TRAGIC: Jarring new video shows a deadly church van crash that killed seven people earlier this year, including five children, on their way to Disney World. https://cbsn.ws/2MxZyJr

Posted by CBS News on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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