2 dead, 8 injured in church van crash

LAKE CITY, Fla. – Two adults were killed and eight children injured when a church van from First Baptist Church in New Port Richey crashed in Columbia County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred on the US 90 on-ramp to I-75.

The vehicle overturned when a tire blew out shortly before 8:30 a.m. The two adults were ejected from the vehicle.

They are identified as Jeff Novak, 52, and Michalanne Salliote, 44, both of New Port Richey.

One of the children was critically injured and another was seriously injured. The rest of the children had minor injuries, according to the FHP.

The group heading to a church youth camp in Georgia at the time of the crash.

Two lanes of northbound of northbound I-75 were closed for several hours after the crash.