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Three Children Injured In I-95 Accident

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. — Three children were hospitalized Monday after the minivan they were riding in flipped on Interstate 95, authorities said.

Jovian Pearl of Washington, D.C., was driving south on Interstate 95 near the Interstate 40 interchange at about 9:30 a.m. with his wife, two children and two nieces when he overcorrected his steering, authorities said.

The van rolled over, and two of the children were ejected, authorities said. None of the three children were wearing seat belts, authorities said.

Pearl's daughter, Britteny Pearl, was in the pediatric intensive care unit at WakeMed, and stepson Darius Brown was in stable condition at WakeMed. Niece Cherena Carson was in stable condition at Johnston Memorial Hospital and was awaiting a transfer to WakeMed. Niece Ashley Horton was treated at Pitt Memorial Hospital and released.

Pearl and his wife, Veronica Pearl, were uninjured.

Authorities initially thought a blown tire caused the accident. There was no word on what caused Jovian Pearl to overcorrect his steering.

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