First Alert Weather Alert: Flood Warning expires at 9:30 AM on 4/24, issued at 9:30 AM Brunswick, GA | Jekyll Island, GA | Saint Simons Island, GA | Sea Island, GA

Two killed in church van crash in Columbia County

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 2/21 6:22 pm
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A van carrying seven children crashed on I-75 near Lake City, killing two adults.

The crash was reported at 8:18 a.m. near exit 90.

Sgt. Pace with Florida Highway Patrol told Action News the church van from the First Baptist Church in New Port Richey was northbound on I-75 when a rear tire had a tire tread separation. The van overturned and crashed into the woods.

Two adults were ejected from the van. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

They have been identified as 52-year-old Jeff Novak and 44-year-old Michalanne Salliotte, of New Port Richey.

One other adult and seven children were also in the van.

Four of the children were taken to Lake City Medical Center, the other three children (2 stable, 1 critical) were taken to UF Health in Gainesville.

They were on their way to a youth camp in Georgia.

For breaking news on the go, download the Action News Mobile App.

1 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Action News Jacksonville

almaaiken - 2/21/2014 3:15 PM
0 Votes
my roomate's step-aunt makes $75 every hour on the laptop . She has been laid off for 7 months but last month her payment was $16677 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at here>>>>
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.