Terrell, TX- According to the National Safety Council, the risks of being in an accident is three times as high for motorists at night than during the day. Decreased visibility, drunken drivers and fatigue are all risks drivers face while driving at night.
Police believe fatigue was the cause of a Wednesday night accident in Louisiana that left five members of Texas family dead as they headed to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Michael and Trudie Hardman and their six children left their home in Terrell, Texas, around 8 p.m. Wednesday night for their “dream trip” to Disneyworld, according to ABC News. They were planning to spend Thanksgiving at the Magic Kingdom, but they never made it.
Just a few hours into their trip near Monroe, Louisiana, the family’s SUV ran off the road and rolled several times, ejecting five of the vehicle’s eight occupants.
Michael and Trudie Hardman and three of their six children were killed. Their 16 year-old son, who was driving and two other children survived the crash with moderate injuries.
Police told the Associated Press that the young driver fell asleep at the wheel. The SUV drifted onto the left median and the driver overcorrected causing the vehicle to rollover. Six of the SUV’s eight passengers were ejected.
Police told reporters that only the driver was wearing a seat belt. The young driver was cited for the accident.
Michael Hardman’s brother Timothy Hardman told the AP, the family had been planning the trip to Disney World for nine months. He said, “It was their dream trip.”
Our hearts go out to this family at during this difficult time.
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