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Church van crashes into Florida canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

Church van crashes into Florida canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. Alexis described how he frantically tried to check who was alive after their overloaded church van crashed in the darkness in rural southwest Florida. Three men who had been seated near the 57-year-old died. Alexis said he kicked out a window to escape. "I just know there is a God," said Alexis, sitting in a chair dragged outside the Independent Haitian Assembly of God to ease the pain in his bandaged leg and fractured ribs. The crash early Monday in...

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