4 dead, 8 injured after Virginia church van rear-ended

Crash happened just before 7 p.m.

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. - Four people are dead and others injured after a church vas was involved in a crash Tuesday night, according to NBC12.

The crash happened in Dinwiddie County just before 7 p.m. when the van, which was traveling west on Route 460, slowed to make a turn into a church parking lot, according to state police.

That's when a Ford 450 pulling a trailer loaded with metal rear-ended the van, causing it to overturn several times before it landed on its side. The truck ran off the side of the road and hit a guardrail, according to state police.

State police said 11 people were in the van.

Four of them died at the scene, three were flown to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, and four others were taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals with serious injuries.

A deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone says his wife was one of the victims. Her brother-in-law says she and the deacon have a 9-month-old daughter together. 

The truck driver has minor injuries. 

The church bus was going to Mount Zion for a revival. 

NBC12 reports that the driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Charges are pending.

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