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Florida driver Bryan Maclean Howard arrested and charged for fatal farmworker crash

The driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a bus carrying migrant farm workers, killing eight people, has been arrested, authorities in Florida say.

Brian McLean Howard, 41, is said to have been injured when his 2001 Ford Ranger crossed the center line on State Route 40. I boarded the bus from the side.They were forcibly removed from the road around 6:40 a.m.

The bus then crashed through a fence, hit a tree and overturned. This was announced by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Brian McLean Howard was arrested and charged with eight counts of driving under the influence and manslaughter in a fatal crash. Marion County Sheriff’s Office

The accident killed eight workers and injured at least 40 others.

The farmworkers were 8 miles from their workplace at the family-owned Cannon Farms in Dunnellon, where watermelons are harvested, before the tragedy.

Juan Sabines, head of Mexico’s Florida-based consulate general, said all of the victims who died were from Mexico and were temporarily in the United States on work visas. WKMG reported.

Sabines said one of the victims left behind a 1-year-old daughter.

The identity of the slain worker will be released once his family is notified.

Howard, who has a history of run-ins with the law, was charged with eight counts of manslaughter while driving under the influence, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Howard is said to have been injured when his 2001 Ford Ranger crossed the center line on State Route 40 and skidded into the bus, forcing him off the road around 6:40 a.m. 9 news
All of the victims who died were from Mexico and were temporarily in the United States on work visas. 9 news

State records show he was previously arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of marijuana.

Cannon Farms was closed for the day due to the accident.

“Please join us in praying for the families and loved ones involved in this tragic accident. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time,” Cannon Farms said in a social media post. .

Cannon Farms was closed for the day due to the accident. 9 news

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $20,000 for the victims and their families since the Florida Farm Workers Association went live early Tuesday.

“Farmworkers are often forgotten, but it’s important that we don’t forget them, especially during difficult times like these,” the group said.

with post wire

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