Four members of a British family on holiday in Florida have been killed in a car crash on leaving the Kennedy Space Center.
Adam Stephenson, 30, from Bristol, was driving a rented Mitsubishi saloon car on Monday evening at around 6pm when he turned left into the path of a pickup truck.
Mr Stephenson was killed with his wife Maryanne, 29, and his parents Bryan, 59, and Sheralyn, 56.
All were pronounced dead at the scene, Titusville police said.
Adam Stephenson’s brother stayed behind and chose not to visit the launch site, said Todd Hutchinson, deputy chief of Titusville police.
"We only know of one family member that stayed behind," said Mr Hutchinson.
"He didn’t take the trip to Kennedy Space Center. He stayed behind.
"When he noticed they didn’t return he called local law enforcement but they were already on their way to notify him.
"He lost his brother, sister in law, his mum and his dad."
The Stephensons’ car was making a U-turn when the pickup truck smashed into it.
Mr Hutchinson said the driver of the truck told officers there was "nothing he could do" to avoid the crash, which was described as a "violent collision" by Titusville police department.
"At the point of the crash the GPS indicated that the GPS had rerouted them," said Mr Hutchinson.
"It had instructed them to do a U-turn at that location, which was an intersection.
"It told them to go the other way because there was a crash up ahead of them.
"They were in the process of making that U-turn at the time of the collision.
"We think that one of the contributing factors was the unfamiliarity of the driver with the area.
"The vehicle they collided with was a heavy duty Ford pick up truck driven by a local man who said that the vehicle pulled right in front of him and there was nothing he could do."
The family is thought to have visited the centre to witness the launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket, the Falcon 9. The rocket took off at 4:30pm local time, blasting into space on its second mission to the International Space Station.
The launch is one of three that Mr Musk’s company plans for this month.
The Stephensons are believed to have been staying at a rented house in Davenport, a town south of Orlando 70 miles away, said Amy Matthews, police spokeswoman.
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An earlier crash on the 407 road meant that the family was re-routed on their GPS, and travelling on the 405 state road at the time of the accident.
The driver of the pickup, James Walsh, 28, from Port St John, just across the river from the Kennedy Space Center, was treated for minor injuries at a hospital, police said.