FHP: 3 kids, 2 adults rescued from minivan submerged in Daytona Beach retention pond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that sent five people to the hospital Sunday night.


Troopers responded to the southbound Interstate-95 exit to Beville Road just after 8 p.m. for a crash involving a single minivan.

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According to FHP, the driver, identified as a 46-year-old man from Daytona Beach, lost control of the van while trying to make a hard turn along the off-ramp.

Troopers say he left the roadway and struck the 268 mile marker sign on the side of the highway before continuing into a retention pond.

According to an incident report released by FHP, the van became “completely submerged” in seven to eight feet of water.

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First responders from Volusia County Fire Rescue and Volusia County deputies also responded to the scene and assisted with efforts to rescue the driver and four other passengers from the van.

A 39-year-old Daytona Beach woman who was riding in the front passenger seat was taken to Halifax Medical Center in critical condition. A 12-year-old boy who troopers say was riding in the third row of the van had to be flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando also in critical condition.

A 10-year-old boy was also flown to Arnold Palmer hospital where troopers say he was listed as stable as of Monday.

The driver and another child identified as a 13-year-old girl were treated for minor injuries at Halifax Medical Center and released from the Hospital Sunday.

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Everyone involved in the crash wore their seat belts, according to FHP.

Troopers are still trying to determine what caused the driver to lose control of the van.

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