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Highway Crash Near Tulsa, Oklahoma Injures 14

The driver of a church van with 11 people on board said the vehicle experienced trouble and slowed before being slammed from behind Sunday night.

Fourteen people were injured, at least two severely, after a highway collision Sunday night in Oklahoma.

A church van with 11 people on board was struck from behind while travelling northbound on U.S. Route 75, about 30 miles south of Tulsa, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Brad Giulioli said.

The driver of the 1996 Dodge van told authorities the van experienced transmission problems and slowed to about 40 miles per hour just before it was struck, Giulioli said.

The van was struck from behind by a black pickup truck, sending both vehicles off the roadway, through a fence, and into a pasture where the grass caught fire.

Two of the passengers in the van were life-flighted for treatment. Nine others in the van were transported by EMS to Tulsa area hospitals, Giulioli said.

The driver of the pickup truck, his daughter and another man were transported to a local hospital by a private vehicle.

The conditions of the injured was not known at about 2:00 a.m. ET.