Eight people were killed when a bus carrying about 53 farmworkers crashed and overturned on West Highway 40 in central Florida, according to state officials.

Thirty-eight people were hurt, eight of whom are in critical condition and 30 who have non-life-threatening injuries, according to Marion County Fire Rescue.

There's a "high probability this may be beyond eight fatalities," Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Patrick Riordan, told reporters.

PHOTO: Florida Highway Patrol and Fire Rescue is currently investigating a fatal bus crash which occurred at approximately 6:35 am, Marion County Florida, May 14, 2024.
Marion County Fire Rescue
PHOTO: Florida Highway Patrol and Fire Rescue is currently investigating a fatal bus crash which occurred at approximately 6:35 am, Marion County Florida, May 14, 2024.
Marion County Fire Rescue


Around 6:35 a.m., the 2010 International Bus and a 2001 Ford Ranger truck were heading opposite directions when the truck veered toward the center line and the vehicles collided "in a sideswiped manner," officials said.

The bus veered off West Highway 40, went through a fence and then overturned, officials said.

PHOTO: Florida Highway Patrol and Fire Rescue is currently investigating a fatal bus crash which occurred at approximately 6:35 am, Marion County Florida, May 14, 2024.
Marion County Fire Rescue
PHOTO: Florida Highway Patrol and Fire Rescue is currently investigating a fatal bus crash which occurred at approximately 6:35 am, Marion County Florida, May 14, 2024.
Marion County Fire Rescue


The truck driver is among those in the hospital with serious injuries, Riordan said.

The bus was en route to a farm in the area at the time of the crash, Riordan said.

PHOTO: A severe bus accident with fatalities, May 14, 2024, in Marion County Florida.
A severe bus accident with fatalities, May 14, 2024, in Marion County Florida.
Marion County Sheriff's Office
PHOTO: At least eight people were killed when a bus crashed in Marion County, Fla., on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.
At least eight people were killed when a bus crashed in Marion County, Fla., on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.
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