15 hurt after church van overturns in NC

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BENSON, N.C. — Authorities say 15 people in a church van were hurt after their van blew a tire and overturned on Interstate 40 in North Carolina.

Trooper Vincent Rivera says the large van was eastbound Saturday morning when a tire went flat, sending the van across the interstate median before the vehicle overturned in the westbound lanes near Benson. He says it was fortunate that no westbound vehicles on the busy interstate were hit.

Rivera says all nine adults and six children in the van were hurt, and that none of the injuries appeared serious. He says 13 of those in the van were sent to a hospital.

The trooper says the van was traveling from Raleigh to the coast. He declined to identify the church.

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