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5859" Car accident in Haiti lands Americans here (fwd)
Published Monday, November 20, 2000, in the Miami Herald
Car accident in Haiti lands Americans here
BY DOMINIQUE COLLINS BERTA
A Coast Guard C-130 airplane landed at Opa-locka Airport on Sunday
night carrying eight American missionaries injured in a serious road
crash in Haiti. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue workers assisted the victims out
of the plane and onto stretchers. Five of the injured -- Webby Williams
Jr., David Copus, Damaris Skelton, Bernice Waldop and Tim Shoda -- were
critical, said Scott Carr, a Coast Guard spokesman. The other injured
were identified as Olivia Christopherson and Debra and Chuck
Blythe. Five of the injured were admitted at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
According to the Coast Guard, Williams and Copus are from western North
Carolina; Skelton, Waldop, Shoda and Christopherson from Gainesville,
Ga., and the Blythes from Wilmington, N.C.
The injured were among 11 missionaries from Georgia, North Carolina,
West Virginia and Maryland involved in an automobile accident in Haiti
on Friday, Carr said. One of the missionaries was killed in the
accident. Coast Guard officials did not know the man's identity.