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Van with seven people inside pushed into ditch in MN

MORANVILLE TOWNSHIP, Minn.—One person was injured near here Saturday night, Sept. 23, when a van carrying several young children was struck from behind.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported the accident happened at 9:47 p.m. on State Highway 11 in Roseau County. According to a news release, a 2006 Honda Odyssey van was westbound when it was hit from behind by an unknown vehicle, which pushed the vehicle into the ditch.

The van's driver, Victor Nickolai Stepanyuk, 46, of Loman, Minn., wasn't injured. Several passengers from Loman weren't injured in the crash, including 8-year-old Anna Stepanyuk, 1-year-old Esther Stepanyuk, 1-year-old Julia Stepanyuk and 6-year-old Kristina Stepanyuk.

Two other passengers were brought to Roseau's LifeCare Medical Center: 44-year-old Nelya Stepanyuk, who wasn't injured, and 23-year-old Victoria Stepanyuk, who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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