Five children died Thursday after a crash and diesel fuel spill sparked a massive fire on Interstate 75 near Gainesville.
The children killed were Joel Cloud, 14, Jeremiah Warren, 14, Cierra Bordelan, 9, Cara Descant, 13, and Briana Descant, 10.
Jeremiah Warren, 14, (left) and Briana Descant, 10
Joel Cloud, 14, Cara Descant, 13, and Cierra Bordelan, 9, (left to right)
Accroding to nbcnews reports,The drivers of the two big rigs who were killed were identified as Steve Holland, 59, of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Douglas Bolkema, 49, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Among the eight people injured in the accident were four children, ranging in age from 9 to 14 years old, and four adults, the highway patrol said.
Vinnie DeVita said he was driving south at the time and narrowly escaped the crash - he said it saw it happen in the rearview mirror, immediately behind him, according to WKMG-TV.
'If I had stepped on the brake when I heard the noise, undoubtedly, I would have been in that accident,' DeVita said. 'And then within probably 15 to 20 seconds of it all, it exploded. I mean, just a ball of flames.'
State officials said they'll examine the condition of guardrails at the scene, and determine if they should have provided more protection.