Woman, 3 children killed in fiery DeLand crash, FHP says

Jeep overturns, catches fire after wreck, troopers say


DeLAND, Fla. – A woman and three children were killed Tuesday in a fiery crash in Volusia County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The fatal crash happened at Grand and New York avenues in DeLand.

According to the FHP, the woman was driving a Jeep Wrangler with three children inside when a Ford SUV driven by a 64-year-old DeLand man traveled into her direct path. 

The vehicles collided, and the Jeep overturned and caught fire, troopers said. All four occupants of the Jeep died at the scene, the FHP said. While the names and ages of the victims not released, News4Jax learned that one of the children was from Jacksonville.

The driver of the SUV was not injured. The SUV also struck a Dodge pickup, but the woman driving the truck was not injured, troopers said.

WKMG-TV reported that he crash is under investigation, and charges are pending, troopers said.

Residents called the intersection dangerous and that a traffic light is needed - an idea that Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson says they have talked about.

"I'm going to write a letter saying it needs to be looked at and today it really brings it to light," Johnson said. "The fact you had multiple fatalities in this accident, a real tragedy ... we've got to do something."