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Troopers: 2 children dead after family's overloaded SUV overturns on Florida's Turnpike

Authorities say an overloaded SUV carrying 12 relatives crashed over the weekend on Florida's Turnpike, claiming three lives.

Sgt. Mark Wysocky with the Florida Highway Patrol says a blown tired caused the 2006 Ford Expedition to overturn Saturday in Martin County, on central Florida's Atlantic Coast. Troopers say all 12 occupants were relatives from Apopka and a police report indicated half of them weren't wearing seat belts.

Authorities say 38-year-old Uriel Miranda died at the scene and 2-year-old Yaretsi Miranda died Saturday evening at a hospital. Eight-year-old Yordi Miranda died Sunday at a hospital.

Authorities say the driver and a 7-year-old boy were treated at a hospital and released. Seven other relatives ranging from ages 3 to 34 remained hospitalized.

Wysocky said the SUV had a capacity of nine occupants.