Van runs off Interstate 95 in NC; 10 people hurt

June 7, 2009 1:46:48 PM PDT
Ten people were injured when a 15-passenger van ran off Interstate 95 in North Carolina, hit a ditch and overturned. The state Highway Patrol said the accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. in Fayetteville when the van, heading from Florida to New Jersey, ran off the northbound lane to the left and crossed back to the right before hitting the ditch.

A state trooper identified the driver as 23-year-old Donato Flores of Homestead, Fla. Investigators think Flores may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Nine people were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with non-lifethreatening injuries. Nursing supervisor Jenny VanRavestein said three of the passengers were admitted to the hospital. The condition of the 10th person was not available Sunday afternoon.

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