Overturned daycare van in Pasco at State Road 56 and Mansfield Boulevard in Wesley Chapel

12:41 AM, Feb 22, 2014   |    comments
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Pasco County, Florida -- A crash that resulted in the overturning of a full daycare van caused major traffic congestion near State Road 56 and Mansfield Boulevard in Wesley Chapel Friday afternoon.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the Kids-R-Kids daycare van was heading west on State Road 56 around 4:10 p.m. when it traveled into the path of a Chrysler CV as it tried to make a left turn across the eastbound lanes onto Mansfield Boulevard.

The front of the Chrysler hit the passenger side of the van causing it to flip onto its side. The van was transporting 24 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old at the time.

Of the 24 children, eight were taken to area hospitals to be checked out. The driver of the van, 39-year-old Crystal Sithong, was taken to University Community Hospital.

The driver of the Chrysler, who has not yet been identified, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries.

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