16 injured after church van overturns in southwest Missouri

Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 11:21 a.m. CDT; updated 11:31 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 10, 2009

HOLLISTER— Hollister police say 16 people were injured when a church van ran off a road and overturned into a creek.

Police say the van belonging to New Beginnings Fellowship Church of Hollister crashed Wednesday evening.

A driver and 15 of the 16 passengers on board were taken to Skaggs Hospital in Branson.

Michelle Leroux, a spokeswoman at Skaggs, says 13 of the patients were treated and released, one was flown to a Springfield hospital and two others were driven to Springfield hospitals.

A news release from the Hollister Police Department reported the van crossed a center line at the bottom of a hill, left the road and overturned in Kohler Creek.

Police say excessive speed for the wet conditions may have contributed to the crash, but the investigation is continuing.

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