(CBS NEWS) — A pickup truck collided with a church van in a Maryland suburb of the nation’s capital Sunday, leaving four people dead, 14 others injured and the pickup truck engulfed in tall flames, authorities said.
Three people in the church van were killed, including a young child, along with the driver of the pickup truck, said fire department spokesman Mark Brady in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.
CBS affiliate WUSA reported officials say one child and three adults are dead. Of the 14 injured people, officials said eight are adults and six are children.
Brady said that eight of those were in critical condition, including four children, and others appeared to have serious injuries. The van was loaded with both adults and children.
The accident occurred on a road in Hyattsville, a community just northeast of Washington, D.C., about 5 p.m. Sunday.
Brady said police believe the pickup truck initially rear-ended a passenger vehicle before going several hundred feet further up a road, losing control and then crossing a double yellow center line into the path of the van. Once the pickup truck had crossed over the line, the van struck it on the right side and the truck caught fire, he told The Associated Press.
“The fire actually involved the pickup truck” and not the van, he said by phone. Some bystander photos posted on social media showed flames rising above the crash site not far from the van, which Brady said could hold 15 passengers and had front-end damage from the crash.
He said the investigation was just in preliminary stages and that authorities are seeking to reconstruct the accident in exacting detail.