3 people from Massachusetts killed in Florida chain-reaction crash

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (WWLP) – A chain-reaction crash in Florida has killed a five-year-old and two adults from Whitman, Massachusetts.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened at around 5:30 Tuesday evening just south of Celebration, Florida, which is near Orlando. Troopers say a pickup truck struck a van carrying a family of eight. The impact caused the van to roll over and crash into two other cars.

A 41-year-old woman, a 76-year-old woman, and a little girl who were inside the van all died. An 11-year-old boy remains in critical condition.

According to Jeffrey Szymaniak, Superintendent of Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, information received by the district from the Whitman Police Department, a sixth-grade student is currently in critical condition at a hospital in Florida and a fourth-grade student was also involved in the crash but was not injured.

The five-year-old that was killed in the crash was a younger sister of the students.

According to Szymaniak, counseling and administrative teams at the affected schools have been alerted of the incident and plans are in place for supporting students and staff of the Whitman-Hanson community.

“This is a tragedy, and I believe I express the sentiments of all families, students and employees of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District in saying that we mourn together during this incredibly difficult time. I encourage all families to have honest and open conversations with their children. We have activated all the resources at our disposal, and we will come together as a community to support each other and support our students who have suffered this terrible loss.”

– Jeffrey Szymaniak, Superintendent of Whitman-Hanson Regional School District

The names of the victims have not been released. NBC Boston reports the 41-year-old woman and the five-year-old girl were from Whitman, Massachusetts, while the 76-year-old woman was from Weymouth.

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