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They ask for help for immigrants who died in Florida

2024-05-19T16:00:45+00:00
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  • Immigrants died in Florida.
  • Arrest for drunk driving in accident.
  • Financial support for victims and families.

The families of the 53 immigrants affected by a tragic incident need solidarity and empathy from the community.

After a seemingly drunk driver crashed into the bus transporting them to their workplace, resulting in eight deaths and at least 45 injuries.

The Florida Farmworkers Association is appealing to the generosity of the Hispanic community to cover funeral, medical, and recovery expenses for the agricultural workers.

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They request community support after the tragedy

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Contributions can be made through the Gofundme account.

«The 53 agricultural workers were on board a bus on their way to a watermelon farm to work,» details the association on the fundraising page.

«Around 6:00 in the morning, the bus collided with a pickup truck, causing it to veer off the road and overturn,» they said.

The organization’s goal is to raise $50,000. «All proceeds will go towards supporting the victims and their families affected by this terrible accident.»

Tragedy and rescue on the road

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The Florida Highway Patrol took over the investigation and confirmed that the bus passengers were traveling westbound on SR-40, headed towards Cannon Farms in Dunellon.

When the driver of a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck collided with it from the side.

For the rescue of the victims, authorities closed State Route 40 in Marion County, Florida, for hours.

Eight fatalities were declared at the scene, and the survivors were transported to local hospitals.

Arrest of Bryan Maclean Howard

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Eight workers, according to the report from AdventHealth Ocala, were in critical condition, while more than two dozen had non-life-threatening injuries.

«Agricultural workers tend to be forgotten, but it’s important not to forget them, especially in such difficult times,» is the plea made by the Farmworkers Association to the entire community nationwide.

Hours after the traffic accident, authorities announced the arrest of Bryan Maclean Howard, 41, owner and driver of the truck involved in the terrible tragedy.

Howard remains in custody, charged with eight counts of driving under the influence: manslaughter, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Justice and call to solidarity

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While there is one detainee, the investigation remains active. Authorities consider weather conditions as one of the possible causes of the crash.

As the situation is clarified, Cannon Farms, the farm where the victims worked, requests:

«Please, pray with us for the families and loved ones involved in this tragic accident.»

Joining the plea of the Florida Farmworkers Association in support of immigrants.

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