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The Latest: Police identify 4 killed in church van crash

May 29, 2019

FORD, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a church van crash that killed four people and injured eight others (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

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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2:45 a.m.

Four people have been killed and eight others have been injured in a crash in Virginia involving a church van.

News outlets report the van carrying 11 people was turning into a church parking lot off of U.S. 460 Tuesday night when it was hit by a pickup truck hauling metal. A state police statement says the impact caused the van to flip several times and sent the truck off-road and into a guardrail.

Four of the van’s passengers died at the scene. Its seven other passengers were hospitalized with severe injuries. The truck’s driver was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the identities of those involved. Police say charges are pending. An investigation is ongoing.

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