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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.

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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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