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Van overturns in I-95 median strip; nine people are injured, hospitalized


Nine people were injured yesterday morning when their Chevrolet van left the northbound lane of Interstate 95 north of Gorman Road near Savage and overturned in the grassy median strip after the driver fell asleep, state police said.

Police said the driver of the van, 37-year-old Marvin Vanegas, acknowledged that he had fallen asleep at the wheel.

The vehicle was occupied by three adults and six children, who were apparently on their way from Walt Disney World at Orlando, Fla., to New York or New Jersey, said police, who were alerted to the accident shortly after 5 a.m.

The other two adults were identified as Sophia Vanegas and Jenny Letona, both of whom were airlifted to the MedStar trauma unit at Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. The driver was airlifted to an unspecified hospital, police said.

Northbound Interstate 95 near the accident scene was closed for about 90 minutes. Police said the motorists' injuries ranged from minor to serious, with three victims suffering serious injuries.

Police said they were unable to determine the hometowns of the victims, the ages of any of the victims other than Marvin Vanegas, the relationships of the victims to one another, the hospitals to which the injured children were taken, the year or model of the van, or whether any of the seriously injured victims were children.

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