Adult, Baby Killed in I-4 Minivan Crash in Tampa


An adult and an infant were killed and two children were critically injured after a minivan travelling on Interstate 4 exited the roadway and crashed.

A 2008 Hyundai Entourage was heading west on the highway, west of County Road 579, around 1:10 a.m. when it left the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

9344461495_737538082e_mThe van crossed a concrete culvert, rode up a grass embankment and crashed through a chain link fence. The Florida Highway Patrol claims the vehicle flipped several times before stopping on its left side in the parking lot of Camping World of Tampa.

The driver, a 29-year-old Wesley Chapel man, suffered only minor injuries. However, the right-front passenger, a 30-year-old adult from Tampa, was ejected from the van and died at the scene. A 5-month-old infant was taken to a hospital and died a short time later.

Two children, ages 7 and 9, were taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.

Another female passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash. Witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the FHP at 813-631-4020.

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