Truck driver charged following fatal crash with church van

June 10, 2019
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This Tuesday, May 28, 2019, photo provided by the Virginia State Police shows a Ford pickup truck after crashing with a church van on U.S. 460 in Ford, Va. Virginia state police released the identity Wednesday of the pickup truck driver who allegedly slammed into the back of a church van, killing several people and injuring others. (Virginia State Police via AP)

FORD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been charged with reckless driving after his pickup truck rear-ended a church van, killing four of its passengers.

A Virginia State Police statement Monday says 47-year-old Robert Lee Allen of Norfolk caused the crash in the central Virginia town of Ford on May 28.

Police said the van was carrying 11 people from Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone to Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ford for a revival when it was hit in the rear by Allen’s pickup, pulling a trailer full of metal.

It’s unclear if Allen has hired an attorney. His case doesn’t appear in online records and Dinwiddie County court offials said they are waiting for paperwork for his case.

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