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At least one dead after church van overturns in Wake County pond

Crash victims trapped in church van that overturned

At least 10 people were trapped after a church van overturned Sunday evening, May 20, 2018 on Zebulon Road near the intersection of Barham Siding Road in Wake Forest.
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At least 10 people were trapped after a church van overturned Sunday evening, May 20, 2018 on Zebulon Road near the intersection of Barham Siding Road in Wake Forest.

At least one person died Sunday when a church van crashed and overturned in a pond in Wake County.

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said that town fire department personnel told him the accident happened Sunday evening near the intersection of Barham Siding Road and Zebulon Road, which is outside the town limits.

The Wake County Sheriff's Department later told ABC11 that at least one person had died.

The accident happened late Sunday afternoon. Emergency responder radio traffic indicated at 5:38 p.m. that multiple people were trapped in the overturned van. Emergency responders were notified of possibly "10+" patients. ABC11 helicopter footage also showed another vehicle on its side in the water.

About 6:15 p.m., an emergency response helicopter was called to the scene, Eagles said. Shortly before 6 p.m., local emergency responders requested additional rescue resources from Franklin, Johnston and Nash counties.

The van bore the words "First Missionary Baptist Church," a church in Smithfield.

ABC11 helicopter footage showed the van on its side with the top cut off after rescue operations Sunday evening. Another vehicle also was in the water.

This story will be updated.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks
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