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4 killed in Virginia church van crash

(Associated Press) Virginia state police have identified four people who were killed when a pickup truck slammed into the back of a church van carrying choir members to a revival.

The van was taking 11 members of Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone to a revival at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ford Tuesday evening.

State police said the four people who died were: 87-year-old James Farley, 36-year-old Wartena Somerville, 72-year-old Delois Williams and 85-year-old Constance Wynn.

State police said the van rolled over several times after it was struck by the pickup truck.

The driver of the truck has been identified as 47-year-old Robert Lee Allen of Norfolk. State police say charges against him are pending.

Seven other passengers of the van remained hospitalized Wednesday. Allen was treated for minor injuries.


DINWIDDLE COUNTY, VA (NBC NEWS) Four people are dead, and several others are injured after crash involving a church van in Virginia.

Officials in Dinwiddie County say the van was rear-ended in just before 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

State police say the van slowed to make a turn into a church parking lot when a truck pulling a trailer loaded with metal rear-ended the van. The van overturned several times before it landed on its side. The truck ran off the side of the road and hit a guardrail.

State police say there were 11 passengers in the van, four of which died at the scene.

Three were flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, and four others were taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals with serious injuries.

The male driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.


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