SARASOTA, Florida -- Two people are dead after a passenger van overturned on I-75 in Sarasota.

The accident happened after the left rear tire of the van blew out near mile marker 194, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver lost control and veered across the center and right lanes of northbound I-75 before overturning and coming to rest on the east shoulder.

The van is registered to LARC Incorporated, which runs day programs for people with developmental disabilities, according to WINK in Ft. Myers. The van was reportedly heading to a park in Apopka when the accident occurred.

Five other passengers in the van were taken to local hospitals in serious and critical conditions.

Northbound I-75 was closed for several hours while FHP investigated the accident.

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