SUV Crash on Florida turnpike, 2 children dead

A rollover crash on a Florida Turnpike left three dead and nine others injured on Saturday, News 13 reported.

Sgt. Mark Wysocky with the Florida Highway Patrol says the 2006 Ford Expedition was traveling on central Florida's Atlantic Coast in Martin County when a left rear tired separated. The driver, Oduver Miranda, 25, lost control of the SUV, carrying seven children, traveled onto the shoulder and overturned. Troopers say all 12 occupants were relatives from Apopka and a police report indicated half of them were not wearing seat belts.

Authorities say 38-year-old Uriel Miranda died at the scene and his 2-year-old daughter, Yaretsi Miranda, died Saturday evening at Tradition Medical Center. Eight-year-old Yordi Miranda died Sunday at Saint Mary’s Medical Center. Authorities said the former two were among those not wearing seatbelts.

The other nine were transported to different hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical. As of Sunday afternoon, they were listed in stable or critical-but-stable condition and two had already been released from the hospital.

According to News 13, neighbors say the family had traveled to South Florida to get passports from the Guatemalan consulate and was returning to Apopka at the time of the crash.

Wysocky said the SUV had a capacity of nine occupants, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report