A Texas family was killed on their way to Disney World in a horrific crash that brought a sudden end to their trip. A total five people were killed in the fatal car accident; all of the victims killed were not wearing seatbelts at the time, said the police report. Food World News shares the sad details on this tragic incident to a magical vacation site this Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Although eight people were involved in the Texas family Disney World accident, the five victims that were killed — three young children and two adults — were not wearing their seatbelts when the crash occurred. The family’s vehicle, a large SUV, was said to have shifted and “rolled” over on the roadway. A 16-year-old boy, identified as Andrew Hardman, was driving the Chevrolet Tahoe when the accident occurred this Wednesday night.
Authorities are still looking into the case, but they believe that the teen driver may have fallen asleep while he was still at the wheel of the car. Witnesses claimed that the car struck the median, hard, and when the car hurriedly tried returning back onto the highway lane, Andrew spun too much, causing the vehicle to spin. It was then that the car crashed, rolling over in a horrific scene.
According to the Chicago Tribune News, the driver escaped the Texas family Disney World car crash with only some cuts and scrapes. Two others crammed into the vehicle were also relatively unhurt. Sadly, the fatal accident claimed the lives of five other family members. The three children and two adults were the only people in the vehicle not wearing seatbelts. Said one official, this is a sad reminder of the importance of vehicle safety.
“In an instant this family vacation turned into an unspeakable tragedy. I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a seatbelt anytime you are in a vehicle,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, the Louisiana State Police Superintendent in a public statement.
Details are still coming in on this sudden end to the vacation, but it is said that the family from Texas was “very excited” about their big trip together to Disney World. The five figures who died in the accident were said to have crashed through the window and violently thrown from the vehicle when the SUV spun and rolled. The victims have been identified this evening as Michael and Trudi Hardman, who hail from Terrell, Texas. The children killed were all their kids: Kaci Hardman, age 4, her older brother Adam Hardman, age 7, and their other daughter, Dakota, who had recently turned 15.
Police officials do not believe that any drinking was involved in this fatal Texas family Disney World incident. Nonetheless, they are investigating how the 16-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel with his family still in the car, and are in the process of reviewing a toxicology test to verify he was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. It is also unknown why only some family members were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.