A Texas family died on their way to Disney World when the SUV that they were riding in veered off the road. According to MSN, the family was headed to Orlando, Florida, for vacation when the accident occurred in Northeast Louisiana. A 16-year-old was driving the Chevy Tahoe at the time of the accident. Police believe that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel. The teenage driver and two other passengers in the car were injured in the crash, but police say they suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Six of the eight people in the family’s SUV were thrown from the vehicle, five of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.
“Authorities identified the adults killed as Michael and Trudi Hardman of Terrell, Texas. The children killed were ages 4, 7, and 15. None of those killed wore seat belts but the driver did, officials said,” according to MSN. It is believed that if the deceased had been wearing seat belts, the outcome of the crash would have been much different.
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The Texas family headed to Disney World was traveling for an unknown length of time before the crash. Police did not suspect that the driver was under the influence but they took a toxicology sample just in case according to the New York Daily News.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of the people affected by this tragic crash. In an instance this family vacation turned into an unspeakable tragedy,” said Col. Mike Edmonson.
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The Texas family killed on their way to Disney World wasn’t the first family tragedy to make headline news this year. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a family in Long Island was killed in a car crash over the summer. The crash claimed the lives of a mother, grandmother, and three children. Myriam Lebrun, 37, lost control of the vehicle she was driving, but it’s unclear what happened. Police had been looking into possible poor weather conditions or a mechanical error. The family had just left Lebrun’s sister’s home in the Brentwood area when the accident occurred.
“Sources say the Haitian-American family members were well-known in the community where everyone looked out for one another,” the Inquisitr reported.
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