Posted: Jun 13, 2011 8:10 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
TYLER, Texas (AP) - One person was killed and at least seven others were hospitalized after a Louisiana church van crashed while returning from an East Texas water park.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the crash happened about 5 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 20 eastbound, about 12 miles northeast of Tyler.
DPS Trooper Glenn Davenport says the van's left rear tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control and veer off the highway. The van rolled several times, ripping off the roof and ejecting eight passengers, killing one. None were wearing seatbelts.
The DPS said the identities of the dead and injured, the conditions of those hospitalized and the identity of the church that owned the van weren't available Sunday.