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Twelve people were injured — four of them fatally — in a crash Wednesday evening that occurred as a van was about to turn into a church parking lot in Dinwiddie County, according to state police.

Three of the people in the van were flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond in critical condition, and four others on the van were taken to hospitals by ambulance with serious injuries.

According to state police, a Ford E-350 multi-passenger van was traveling west on U.S. Route 460 just before 7 p.m. when it slowed to make a right turn into the parking lot of a church. A Ford F-450 truck pulling a trailer loaded with metal failed to stop in time and rear-ended the van, police said.

The van overturned several times before coming to rest on its side off the right side of the road. The truck ran off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail.

There were 11 men and women in the van, including the driver. Of those 11, four died at the scene.

The man who was driving the truck was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

State police said charges were pending and that the investigation remained ongoing.

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