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5 People Killed in N.C. Van Crash

December 20, 1997

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) _ Five people were killed early Saturday when the driver of the van they were riding in lost control of the vehicle, sideswiped another car and overturned.

Five other people were injured in the 1:30 a.m. accident on Interstate 95, authorities said.

It was unclear whether the driver of the van was among the dead. Initial reports also did not indicate whether anyone in the car was injured or whether all the injured were riding in the van.

Police said no alcohol was involved and it appears the van’s driver had a momentary lapse of concentration or dozed off.

The five killed were identified as Leroy Brown, 71, Vera Porter, 63, Malachi Brown, 62, Oletha Cameron, 57, and Oma Brown, 88. All are from Paterson, N.J.

Lumberton is about 70 miles southwest of North Carolina.

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