Florida bus crash: At least 8 migrant workers dead, 45 injured in sideswipe collision

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At least eight people have died and eight more have been critically injured in Ocala, Fla. after a retired school bus carrying 53 migrant workers collided with an oncoming pickup truck and overturned in a nearby field early Tuesday morning, according to Marion County authorities.

During a press conference, Lt. Pat Riordan of the Florida Highway Patrol said the bus sideswiped a 2001 Ford Ranger, before veering off the road, hitting a fence and then overturning.

“My understanding [is that] they were farm workers, and they were en-route to a farm in the area,” Lt. Riordan said. “The status of those folks… I do not have all that information,” he added.

Along with the critically-injured passengers, the remaining 37 were rushed to nearby hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

A traffic homicide investigation is ongoing and Lt. Riordan estimates that it will take roughly six months to “conclude factually what transpired.”

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