Three killed in wreck

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Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.07.49 PMOn Wednesday, June 10, around 12:10 p.m. a three-vehicle accident resulted in multiple fatalities on I-10. Driving in the rainy con ditions were three vehicles: a Ford F250 truck, driven by Mickey Milam of Sterling, OK; a Volkswagon Jetta sedan, driven by Marcus Goetting of Taylor, TX; and a Honda Pilot SUV driven by Benjamin Bartlett of Cedar Falls, IA. Goetting and Bartlett were driving in the westbound lanes of I-10: Goetting’s sedan was on the inside lane, and Bartlett’s SUV was on the outside. Milam was driving eastbound. Milam, who was following the posted speed limit, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports, attempted to change lanes and hydroplaned out of control. He attempted to regain control of his vehicle but was unsuccessful. Milam traveled through the median, clipped Goetting’s sedan, and then slammed into the driver’s side of Bartlett’s SUV, causing “significant intrusion into” the vehicle, according to FHP. The truck and SUV came to a final rest on the shoulder of I-10 at approximately the 228 mile marker. The sedan was able to come to a controlled stop. Milam and his passenger Bailey White escaped the incident with only minor injuries. The Goettings— Marcus, Diana, and nine-year-old girl— all escaped the accident with no injuries. Benjamin Bartlett, his 11-year-old boy and nine-year-old girl were confirmed deceased at the scene. FHP has released the names of the children, but the Monticello News has chosen to protect their identities out of respect for the family. Erin Bartlett, 39, survived with minor injuries. Another Bartlett girl, 7, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. All occupants of all three vehicles were wearing seatbelts. No charges were filed in relation to this incident. Jefferson County Fire Rescue, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance on scene.