VIDEO: 8 Lives Lost and Dozens Injured in Dunnellon, Florida Bus Accident

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By Dr Cate

In Dunnellon, Florida, tragedy struck when a bus carrying farmworkers overturned after colliding with a pickup truck on a rural road, resulting in the loss of 8 lives and injuring approximately 40 others.

The devastating incident, which occurred early Tuesday morning, has left authorities treating it as a homicide.

Lt. Pat Riordan of the Florida Highway Patrol stated that a comprehensive traffic homicide investigation is currently underway to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the collision.

Given the severity of the injuries sustained by many of the passengers, there is a grim likelihood that the death toll may rise as the investigation progresses.

The bus, which was transporting 53 farmworkers, was en route to Cannon Farms in Dunnellon, known for its watermelon harvesting.

The collision took place on State Road 40, a predominantly straight but occasionally hilly 2-lane road that meanders through agricultural areas. The bus veered off the road, crashing through a fence before coming to rest on its side in a nearby field.

Photographs taken at the scene by the Ocala Star-Banner depict the aftermath of the accident, with the bus lying on its side and its emergency rear door and top hatch open. The pickup truck involved in the collision suffered extensive damage to its driver’s side.

Despite initial investigations, there is no immediate indication that adverse weather conditions played a role in the collision. Additionally, it remains uncertain whether the bus was equipped with seat belts, raising questions about passenger safety measures.

In response to the tragic incident, Cannon Farms, the intended destination of the farmworkers, announced its closure for the day as a mark of respect for the lives lost and the injuries sustained.

The family-owned farm, with a legacy spanning over a century, specializes in the cultivation of peanuts and watermelons, distributing its produce to grocery stores across the United States and Canada.

Olvera Trucking, the company involved in the accident, had recently advertised for temporary drivers to transport workers to watermelon fields.

They had also applied for H-2A workers to assist in the watermelon harvest at Cannon Farms, offering competitive wages and accommodations for the workers.

As investigations into the tragic accident continue, the community mourns the lives lost and prays for the speedy recovery of those injured.

The incident serves as a somber reminder of the importance of road safety measures, particularly in transportation arrangements for agricultural workers.

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