Authorities ID 3 killed in crash of church-bound van

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 5:18 PM

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Authorities are identifying a 6-year-old girl and two elderly victims who were among five people who died in a deadly van-truck crash in Maryland.

Prince George's County Police identified the three victims in a statement Tuesday as 6-year-old Staily Gomez, 75-year-old Santiago Merche, and 72-year-old Elba Merche. All three lived in Washington.

The three were among 16 people in the passenger van, which was driving to a service at a small, Spanish-speaking evangelical church when a pickup truck veered across the center line into the van's path in Chillum, Maryland, north of Washington. One of the van's passengers, who was in the late stages of pregnancy, lost her baby as a result of the crash. The driver of the pickup also died, police said.

Police say they're working to confirm the driver's name.