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2 Die in Church Van Crash

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Seymour, Tenn. Seymour, Tenn.

SEYMOUR, Tenn.- A fiery crash involving a church van claimed the life of two people in East Tennessee Sunday morning.

The van filled with teenagers was headed back from a weekend retreat when investigators say an SUV traveling in the opposite direction crossed the center line and hit them head-on. The crash sparked a fire that engulfed both vehicles. The two victims were trapped in the van when it caught on fire. Some people passing by who saw the scene wasted no time in trying to help.

"I was in there, and I was yanking on him ‘cause he was stuck in the seatbelt, and his legs were trapped, and I felt fire coming up the back of my shirt; it's probably burned. And I got out of there because there was nothing I could do," said James Settle.

Ten others were taken to hospitals. Everyone on the bus was between the ages of 13 and 22.



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