4 dead, multiple injured in crash involving church van in Dinwiddie

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Four people are dead and several others are injured after a church van was rear-ended in Dinwiddie County.

The crash occurred in the area of Zion Road just before 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

State police said the van was traveling west on Route 460 when it slowed to make a turn into a church parking lot. Police said a Ford-450 truck 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.

State police said there were 11 passengers on the van, four of which 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.

Officials with VCU Medical Center said three adult female patients were flown to the hospital for treatment and are expected to survive. An additional patient was also being transported to VCU Medical Center, according to hospital officials.

The male driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

A deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone said his wife, Wartena Somerville, was one of the victims in the crash. He said she was a teacher a Crewe Elementary School and sang in the choir. Michael Somerville said the two have a 9-month-old daughter together.

The deacon said they were traveling to Mt. Zion to for a revival.

Charges are pending.

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