2 Children Among 5 Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash Near Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol sys five people, including two young children, are dead following a fiery crash in Tampa.

Troopers said in a news release that 9-year-old John Bernal, 10-year-old Isabell Bernal and 39-year-old Marianela Murillo died in the four-vehicle crash shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Two other passengers in the van — 15-year-old Luisa Louisa and 18-year-old Lina Bernal — are in critical condition. The van caught fire after the crash.

An incident report says that for unknown reasons, 22-year-old Pablo Cortes Jr. lost control of his car, crossed a median and hit the other vehicles head on. A 19-year-old passenger Jolie Bartolome also died in the crash.

The driver of the third vehicle has serious injuries.

The crash closed roads in the area until around 4 a.m. Thursday.

 

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