< Back to 68k.news US front page

Mexican Consulate says victims of massive bus crash in Ocala seek legal, mental health support

Original source (on modern site)

The Mexican Consulate said the victims of Tuesday's massive bus crash in Ocala are seeking legal and mental health support. During a news conference on Tuesday, Juan Sabines, the Mexican consul in Orlando, said he visited the crash survivors.Sabines said most of them were injured and hurt by the incident.Eight migrant workers were killed in the crash, and dozens more were injured after a man in a pickup truck side-swiped the bus, sending it off the road and into a tree. Related: Man accused of deadly Marion County bus crash has been convicted 20 times since 2003The man accused, identified as Bryan Maclean Howard, was arrested on DUI manslaughter charges Tuesday afternoon.Related: 'Massive traffic homicide investigation': 8 dead, dozens hospitalized in Ocala bus crash Sabines said the driver of the bus carrying the farmers to work was a 40-year-old originally from Mexico. He said all the migrants have an H-2A visa and are hard workers. Sabin highlighted that they have no criminal history.The youngest victim killed in the accident was an 18-year-old, and the oldest was 31 years old, according to Sabines. Related: Truck driver involved in Ocala bus crash that killed 8 arrested on DUI manslaughter chargesSabines said the Mexican Consulate is prioritizing the surviving victims and the families of those who were killed in the incident.As of today, Sabina said three victims remain in critical condition. He also said they do not have much information about the employer of the farm the workers were headed to. Sabines said they will continue to speak with the families of the victims killed in the crash and the farm workers who are now recovering. Sabina said the next step is trying to get the families of the victims to the U.S. so they can identify the bodies of their loved ones who were killed in the bus crash.

ORLANDO, Fla. —

The Mexican Consulate said the victims of Tuesday's massive bus crash in Ocala are seeking legal and mental health support.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Juan Sabines, the Mexican consul in Orlando, said he visited the crash survivors.

Sabines said most of them were injured and hurt by the incident.

Eight migrant workers were killed in the crash, and dozens more were injured after a man in a pickup truck side-swiped the bus, sending it off the road and into a tree.

Related: Man accused of deadly Marion County bus crash has been convicted 20 times since 2003

The man accused, identified as Bryan Maclean Howard, was arrested on DUI manslaughter charges Tuesday afternoon.

Related: 'Massive traffic homicide investigation': 8 dead, dozens hospitalized in Ocala bus crash

Sabines said the driver of the bus carrying the farmers to work was a 40-year-old originally from Mexico.

He said all the migrants have an H-2A visa and are hard workers. Sabin highlighted that they have no criminal history.

The youngest victim killed in the accident was an 18-year-old, and the oldest was 31 years old, according to Sabines.

Related: Truck driver involved in Ocala bus crash that killed 8 arrested on DUI manslaughter charges

Sabines said the Mexican Consulate is prioritizing the surviving victims and the families of those who were killed in the incident.

As of today, Sabina said three victims remain in critical condition.

He also said they do not have much information about the employer of the farm the workers were headed to.

Sabines said they will continue to speak with the families of the victims killed in the crash and the farm workers who are now recovering.

Sabina said the next step is trying to get the families of the victims to the U.S. so they can identify the bodies of their loved ones who were killed in the bus crash.

< Back to 68k.news US front page