Ten injured in van rollover on U.S. 23

Legal News for Michigan Personal Injury Lawyers. A van rollover left ten people injured on U.S. 23.

Church van rollover in Michigan left 10 injured.

Waterford, MI—An Ohio-based church van flipped over on U.S. Route 23, injuring its 10 occupants on Sunday, January 10, 2010, reports the Toledo Blade. The motor vehicle accident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. in Whiteford Township.

The First Alliance Church van was coming back from a church retreat in southwest Michigan, when the van allegedly veered left off of U.S. 23 at mile marker 5, onto the snow-covered shoulder, subsequently causing the driver to loose control of the vehicle. The youth pastor in the van ahead of the one involved in the accident, reportedly claimed that the van then proceeded to rollover twice before landing on its wheels in a ditch on the side of the roadway. Two First Alliance youth-group members were reportedly thrown from the vehicle during the incident.

Emergency medical services (EMS) crews responded to the scene to transport the vans injured occupants to be treated by doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit of Toledo Hospital. There were three volunteers and seven junior-high youth group members were in the van at the time of the crash. Two of these young church members reportedly suffered serious, though non-life threatening, injuries in the incident. The names and specific conditions of the victims were not immediately released.

Michigan State Police (MSP) allegedly reported that it appeared as if the driver of the van, a church volunteer, had fallen asleep at the wheel. Southbound lanes of U.S. 23 remained closed until approximately 5:00 p.m.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Michigan Personal Injury Lawyers.

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