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Durham church van flips on I-95 in Georgia

Posted July 11, 2011 12:12 p.m. EDT
Updated July 11, 2011 6:19 p.m. EDT

— Nine members of a Durham family were injured Sunday when their church van overturned on Interstate 95 outside of Savannah, Ga., authorities said.

Authorities said they believe a tire blew out on the van, causing the driver to swerve and skid across three lanes of traffic. The van flipped and came to a rest on a highway entrance ramp.

Faye Mims-Barbee said her sister was driving the van, which belonged to the Miracle Temple Holiness church.

"She couldn't control the van, and it flipped over four times," Mims-Barbee said. "Five people were thrown out of the van."

Twelve members of an extended family were in the van. They were using the church van to drive to Orlando, Fla., for a vacation, Mims-Barbee said.

"No cars ran over them, so you know, we just think that was a blessing – that God was there," she said.

Four family members remained hospitalized Monday, and Mims-Barbee said relatives in Durham were working on getting the others home.

"They are afraid to get in a car, and we are not the richest people," she said. "We are just going to pray on it, and God will make a way to get them back here."