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6 Palm Coast Adults and Teens, 2 Children Injured in SUV Wreck on I-95, South of SR 100

| December 18, 2016

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The Ford Explorer had blown a tire and lost control. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: 9:38 p.m.

A Palm Coast family of eight, two of them young children, were involved in a single-vehicle crash on I-95 at mile marker 282, two miles south of the intersection with State Road 100 in Palm Coast this afternoon.

Most or all the travelers in the van were ejected, authorities say. They had been at church in Holly Hill and were driving home to Palm Coast, a family member who’d been in a separate car said.

One of the children, Kamaris Curry, 3, was flown to Shands hospital in Jacksonville. He was listed in serious condition. David Green Jr., also 3, was transported by ground to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach with minor injuries.

Hakeem Cornell-Dam-Gibbs, 24, was taken to Halifax in critical condition.

Dwayne Graham, 13, Leon Graham, 15, and David Green, 20, Derrick Mason, 21, and Frankie Turner, 22, were all taken to Florida Hospital Flagler with minor injuries.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper at the scene said the vehicle had been traveling on the inside lane of the highway when a tire blew, sending it sharply off the highway and into the woods.

The older David Green was at the wheel of the vehicle.

Leon Graham had been driving in a separate car on Old Dixie Highway when one of the occupants of the crashed vehicle called him. “All he said was we got in an accident, the truck flipped over and hit a tree,” he said. “So we turned around and came this way.”

“Two of my sons were in there, two of my grandsons were ion there, my godson was in there,” Graham said as he stood on the shoulder of the Interstate, 20 paces from the crashed SUV, just after emergency personnel had cleared the scene.

The SUV lost control as it traveled north on I-95, careening off the highway onto the eastern shoulder and slamming into the line of trees. It came to rest on its side, stopped by several trees.

“When he told me my grandson wasn’t breathing, I was crying,” Graham went on. “My wife was crying. And really, then I thought they were dead. That’s what I thought. That was the first thing that came to my mind.” He was able to talk to his two sons and godson as soon as he arrive at the scene, one of his grandchildren was able to say “a little something,” but his other grandchild was “non-responsive.”

“Right now,” he said, “everybody’s praying.” Family and church members have fanned out to the various hospitals where the victims were taken.

The wreck took place at 2:47 p.m. and quickly brought traffic to a standstill in both directions. The southbound lanes began rubbernecking soon after the crash before traffic was stopped entirely while Trauma One, the emergency helicopter, landed on the northbound lanes about 100 yards north of the wreck scene.

At least four Flagler County Fire Rescue ambulances were at the scene in what authorities initially referred to as a mass-casualty incident. The Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler Beach Fire Department also responded.

By 3:45, traffic was flowing in both directions, with two of the three northbound lanes open and all three lanes open southbound. But gazers were slowing down traffic considerably.

Ford Explorers were notorious for the frequency of their tire-related crashes, but that was more than a decade ago.

“A Washington Post analysis of national and Florida crash statistics shows,” the Post had reported in 2000, “that the Ford Explorer has a higher rate of tire-related accidents than other sport-utility vehicles, even when the popular SUV is equipped with Goodyear tires. The finding suggests that something about the Explorer may be contributing to these accidents, auto analysts said.”

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Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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Trauma One, the emergency helicopter, prepares to take an injured child to Shands hospital in Jacksonville at 3:20 this afternoon on I-95. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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Lifting off. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)


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A drum set was among the belongings that had been thrown out of the SUV. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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13 Responses for “6 Palm Coast Adults and Teens, 2 Children Injured in SUV Wreck on I-95, South of SR 100”

  1. Rob Frederick says:

    Not only is this a horrible accident, but now the 5 yr old is alone in one hospital 100 miles away, the 3 yr old is alone in another and the parents in another. I can’t imagine how frightening this is to all involved. Praying that they all get united soon.

  2. fl driver says:

    gotta teach people to wear seatbelts and use carseats.

  3. Flagler County is depraved says:

    Oh dear God. Thank God they are all alive. Prayers to everyone and their Families.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just horrible. I couldn’t imagine. Prayers for all involve

  5. Anonymous says:

    an explorer seats 5 with belts–someone was in that truck without a seat….

    lets not forget about that church group years ago on i95-kids died in that explorer roll over too….

  6. Anonymous says:

    the truck had nothing to do with the rollover-I guarantee the sway bar end links were toasted-the tires were bad,the vehicle was overloaded and not maintained…..yes explorers can rollover-but are safe when maintained properly,i have owned 5 of em-still own a 99 in great shape-but requires lots of care to keep driving straight and true….I promise this vehicle was likely neglected

  7. Hmmm says:

    HOW DO YOU FIT 8 PEOPLE IN A FORD EXPLORER?

  8. leon Graham jr. says:

    it’s a lot easier than you would think but it’s not like we wanted to fit all those people in there it just kinda happened

  9. Born and Raised Here says:

    Sounds to me that some of the smaller kids were sitting on laps of the bigger kids. Not a good ideal on the Interstate doing 70 plus m.p.h. Driver neglect for his passengers.

  10. Heather says:

    I’m glad you are ok!!! All that matters. I also hope for a quick recovery for everyone else. 🙏🏻

  11. Flagler County is depraved says:

    Can we get an update on their recovery. Prayers for the children and the parents and their Family and everyone in the accident.

  12. QueenGraham says:

    Pls don’t make any negative comments about my family.

  13. williams303 says:

    I sure hope everyone is ok. Sending prayers your way for speedy recoveries.

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