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1 dead, 5 injured when church van collides with pickup


1 dead, 5 injured when church van collides with pickup

In South Carolina, one person was killed and five people were injured in a deadly collision involving a church van on March 24. According to news reports, the accident happened in Loris when a van from Faith Apostolic Church in Nakina drove through a stop sign and crashed into a Chevy pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 747 and Highway 9 Bypass. Emergency crews from South Carolina Highway Patrol, Horry County Police Department, Horry County Fire and Loris Fire responded to the scene.

The impact caused the Chevy to overturn, and its driver was later airlifted to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment. The van’s driver, two of his passengers and a passenger who was traveling in the pickup also suffered serious injuries in the crash and were transported to the hospital by ambulance. A 29-year-old woman who was partially ejected from the van during the collision was pronounced dead at approximately 4 p.m., according to the Horry County deputy coroner.

Authorities say that the driver of the church van is now facing a charge of failure to yield and pulling out in front of another vehicle. Although no additional information has been released concerning the status of anyone undergoing treatment following the wreck, sources report that none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

However, the road to recovery that follows car accidents similar to the one described here may be physically, emotionally and financially overwhelming. South Carolina residents who find themselves suddenly burdened with high medical bills, lost wages and the loss of personal property as the result of a crash may be relieved to know that they may be able to file a personal injury claim seeking financial compensation for the loss.

Source: WECT, “Update: Nakina man charged in deadly church van crash in SC,” Kaitlin Stansell, March 29, 2015

Source:, “Passenger in Nakina church van killed in S.C. crash,” Deuce Niven, March 24, 2015