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One dead, 16 injured in church van crash

YEEHAW JUNCTION

One dead, 16 injured in crash of church van

A Broward County church van crashed on Florida's Turnpike, killing one woman and injuring 16 others.

The van crashed Saturday night near Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County as the occupants returned from Universal Studios.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators said the driver apparently lost control, causing the van to flip and hit a guardrail. A 68-year-old passenger, Paulette Noel, died at the scene. The driver and two passengers were seriously hurt.

The name of the Deerfield Beach church was not immediately released.

DAYTONA BEACH

Two DCF workers may have forged reports

Child welfare workers in the Daytona Beach area failed to ensure that criminal background checks were performed on child care workers.

Preliminary investigations by the Department of Children and Families showed that more than 100 child care centers may not have had the proper screenings and inspections because of problems with two DCF workers.

One of the workers was fired and the other resigned. Falsifying DCF records is a felony but the two have not been charged.

DCF says there is no indication that any child's safety was compromised.

One dead, 16 injured in church van crash 07/19/10 [Last modified: Monday, July 19, 2010 1:00am]
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