Six people, including 5 children, seriously injured in wreck

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The children involved and taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola were between the ages of 1 and 13.

TOM McLAUGHLIN @TomMnwfdn

CRESTVIEW — Six people, including five children between 1 and 13 years old, were seriously injured Thursday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident just north of Crestview, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The wreck occurred about 2:40 p.m. when Crestview resident Thomas Haney was driving a 1991 Toyota van east on Airport Road and rear-ended a 2002 Ford SUV occupied by Mary Gaskill, also of Crestview, and a passenger, an FHP news release said.

The impact of the collision pushed Haney’s van into the path of a westbound 2007 Toyota van driven by Paula Moon of Crestview, the FHP reported.

While Paula Moon suffered only minor injuries, five children riding with her suffered serious injuries and were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. The children were identified as Gracie Moon, 1; Brooklynn Moon, 3; Kylee Appleby, 8; Jessica Appleby, 12; and Tommy Moon, 13.

The children were wearing either child restraints or seat belts.

Haney, 25, also suffered serious injuries and was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Paula Moon was sent to North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview.

Gaskill and her passenger, 60-year-old Dennis Edge, declined treatment.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the FHP said. The investigation is ongoing.

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