UPDATE: Cedar Falls mom, daughter in Fla. crash out of hospital - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

UPDATE: Cedar Falls mom, daughter in Fla. crash out of hospital

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photo from Erin Bartlett Benefit gofundme account photo from Erin Bartlett Benefit gofundme account
Courtesy: Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat Courtesy: Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (KWWL) - A mother and daughter who survived a crash that took the lives of three other members of their family are out of a Florida hospital and on their way home to Cedar Falls.

A new post on Erin Bartlett's Benefit Go Fund Me page shares the condition of Erin and Kaia:

"They're on their way home! Erin & Kaia have been released from the hospital and will be heading back to Iowa soon. Please pray for smooth travels and for God's peace to be with them." 

"We are overwhelmed and amazed by your generosity and your prayers. As the family gathers and returns home, we know many of you want to help. Please contact Orchard Hill Church (319-266-9796) if you have a way you'd like to help the family upon return. This will allow the family space to just be together and the church can handle the flow and pace of donations and helps. The family will have needs, and the church will channel those needs accordingly. THANK YOU!! -Becky"

The Go Fund Me account is here: http://www.gofundme.com/wv3buw

KWWL cannot independently verify Go Fund Me accounts; please research the recipients before donating.



A pick-up lost control on a Florida highway and hit an SUV, killing three people and injuring two others from Cedar Falls.Ben Bartlett, 39, and two of his kids, Charlie, 11, and Bailey, 9, died in the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a pick-up driven by 20-year-old Mickey Milam from Oklahoma was going east on Interstate 10 on Wednesday afternoon when he tried to change lanes.

The truck hydroplaned and then crashed into an SUV driven by Bartlett.

Milam was not seriously hurt.

Erin Bartlett, 39, and 7-year-old Kaia Bartlett were also injured. Authorities say Kaia's injuries are serious.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, authorities say alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Bartlett was a music teacher at Cedar Heights Elementary. Charlie and Bailey were both students in the Cedar Falls School District.

School District Statement:

"The news of this tragedy brings significant grief to our schools and the entire Cedar Falls community. We hold the Bartlett and Whitehill families in our thoughts and prayers, now, and in the months to come. Counseling and support is being offered for any Cedar Falls Schools students on Friday, June 12, at the times below, with school counselors and staff present."

Orchard Hill Elementary, 9-11 a.m.

Cedar Heights Elementary, 2-4 p.m.

Jerry Gallagher and Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.
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