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The Mexican Consulate in Orlando is supporting affected families after eight workers were killed in a drunken bus accident

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – The Mexican Consulate in Orlando continues to support the families of Mexican workers killed in a bus crash in Florida. The crash occurred May 14 north of Citrus County.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said an intoxicated driver struck the bus, causing it to veer off the highway and overturn.

Eight Mexican farm workers traveling on H2A work visas died when the bus overturned after hitting a tree. According to the State Department (SRE), six other Mexican workers are in serious condition and three others are in critical condition.

The suspected drunk driver was arrested and faces eight charges of involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence.

It was originally reported that 55 people were traveling on the bus. However, the FHP and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division have confirmed that 44 people were promoted.

Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue May 14, 2024.

The Mexican consulate in Orlando went to the accident area and to the hospitals where the injured are. Titular Consul Juan Sabines Guerrero and consular staff are at the hotel in Gainsville, Florida, where the company hosts workers during the agricultural season to continue conducting protective interviews and completing the list of affected individuals.

Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue May 14, 2024.

The Consulate will continue to communicate with Highway Patrol authorities and the Wage and Hour Office to provide consular assistance to affected workers and the families of the deceased.

“The Foreign Ministry deeply regrets the deaths of the eight compatriots,” the SRE said in a statement.

The accident occurred at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when the driver of a pickup truck collided with the bus. Bryan “H,” the driver of the pickup truck accused of crashing into the bus, appeared in a Florida court Wednesday morning.

According to US media, 41-year-old Bryan “H” faces eight charges of negligent homicide under the influence of alcohol.

Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue May 14, 2024.

According to Marion Country Court records, his criminal history dates back to 2006 and to date includes charges of leaving the scene of an accident, drug possession, accident involving property damage and driving on a revoked license.

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