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One Dead, 11 Injured in Collision

Posted September 5, 1998

— An accident near I-40 early Sunday evening has left one person dead and 11 others injured.

The accident occurred when a car and a van loaded with children collided at the intersection of highway 50 with N.C. 1412, near an I-40 junction.

A passenger from the car's backseat, along with his dog, was killed.

Sheryl White, 41, of Garner, was making a left turn in her car from N.C. 50 near Faison onto N.C. 1412 at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when the impact occurred, said North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper A.L. Silance.

The passenger in the car, Thomas White, 32, of Garner, and a dog were killed. Ms. White was in satisfactory condition at Sampson County Medical Center early today, said nursing supervisor Nancy Rouse.

The four adults and six children in the van were also admitted to hospitals.

Mario Maldanado, 35, of Clinton, underwent surgery and was in intensive care unit early today at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The driver of the van, Israel Salinas, 40, also of Clinton, was listed in stable condition, said hospital supervisor Marcia Mitchell. She also said two other adults and four children were listed in stable condition. Their names were not released.

Two other children, Belinda and Bernice Maldanado, ages 4 and 9, were listed in satisfactory condition at Sampson County Regional Medical Center, Rouse said.

Rescue crews arrived from Wayne, Duplin and Sampson Counties.

Charges in the accident were pending the results of an investigation, Silance said.

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