FHP: 1 dead, 19 injured on Florida's Turnpike

Merlande Chery, 46, pronounced dead at the scene

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Florida Highway Patrol troopers were investigating a rollover accident Saturday that killed one person and injured 19 others.

Police have identified the woman who was killed in the crash as 46-year-old Merlande Chery from North Miami. Chery was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said the passenger van, which was run by GSC Community Involvement Inc. of Miami Gardens, flipped several times on the turnpike in the area of Kenansville, located in southern Osceola County.

Troopers said a preliminary investigation shows a tire separated, causing the driver to lose control and flip.

The driver of the vehicle, who was seriously injured in the accident, has been identified by FHP as 42-year-old Willem Camille of Miami.

Authorities said five people have been airlifted to various hospitals, including Orlando Regional Medical Center and Holmes Regional Medical Center and everyone else was taken by ambulance to six other hospitals.

The van was headed north on the Turnpike, toward Orlando.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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