Five Adults Are Killed As a Ford Expedition Carrying 9 Flips on I-95 North of Palm Coast
FlaglerLive | December 6, 2010
Three women and two men were killed in a single-vehicle wreck on I-95 two miles north of the Palm Coast Parkway exit shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday night.
Hugo Campos-Leon, the 18-year-old who was at the wheel of the blue Ford Expedition, was flown to Halifax Hospital on Flagler County’s Air One just before 1 a.m. with an extremely faint heartbeat. He died later.
Four children survived the crash. They were injured, but none with life-threatening injuries. Two were evacuated to Halifax Hospital buy ambulance in critical condition, two were taken to Florida Hospital Flagler. Among the survivors, there was a 6-year-old boy and two 6-year-old girls, an 11-year-old boy and a fourth older child or younger adult. Two of the 6 year olds had been ejected from the vehicle.
The deceased were identified as Fidel Salgado, 36; Ana Lilia Figueroa-Garcia, 34; Maria Mercedez Corona-Leon, 28; and Maria Celia Leon de Corona, 48.
The survivors were Jairo Salgado, 11; Aldo Villanueva-Leon, 6, Liset Villanueva-Leon, 6, and Dayanna Salgado, 6.
The driver and all the passengers were Hispanics, all of them from Eustis. One carried a Mexican identification card. Only two adults (Hugo Campos-Leon, the driver, and Fidel Salgado) were wearing seatbelts.
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The Ford was traveling south, in the middle lane of the three-lane interstate, when the rear tire on the driver’s side of the 1999 Expedition shredded. The Ford veered off toward the treeline in a straight line, judging from the tracks. Tire tracks deepened in the grass and abruptly stopped some 6 to 8 feet from the treeline, where the Ford began to flip, uprooting trees as it rolled. Several palm and pine trees were literally pulled from their roots and cracked. The momentum of the vehicle sent it rolling about 12 to 15 feet inside the treeline, where it came to a rest on its side—on the driver’s side–embedded between trees. The path the Ford had cleared similar to the clearing commonly seen through treelines in front of billboards: the force of the wreck was that violent.
The vehicle could not be leveled during the rescue operation. The four children were extricated. But members of the Palm Coast Fire Department then worked methodically, in 43-degrees weather, to shear off the roof of the vehicle in order to get to the driver and the rest of the four passengers, who had already been pronounced dead. (The Palm Coast Fire Department’s Engine 22 was first on the scene, followed by Engine 23 and 21. Two rescue unites from the Flagler County Fire Department also responded, as did units of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and five or six Florida Highway Patrol troopers. The medical examiner arrived at 25 minutes after midnight.)
Interstate traffic was reduced to one southbound lane, then shut down just after at 12:05 a.m. to enable the helicopter to land just south of the accident scene. Highway traffic was at a standstill for more than half an hour as rescuers were not able to bring bodies out of the vehicle before 12:30, and the driver shortly after that. Medics worked on the driver for 10 minutes, on a stretcher, stabilizing him, before he was taken to the helicopter.
The group was returning from a trip to North Carolina.