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3 dead, 9 hurt as van collides with SUV near George

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This van carried 11 people when it collided with an SUV in Grant County. (Photo: KOMO News)

GEORGE, Wash. -- Three people were killed and nine others were hurt in crash near George early Thursday morning.

An SUV was traveling on Adams Road South when it collided with a large van near Frenchman Hills Road SW around 4:30 a.m., according to Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

"During the collision, the van left the roadway, rolling several times and ejecting several of the occupants," Foreman said.

Three people in the van were pronounced dead at the scene. Eight others in the van and the driver of the SUV were all hurt and sent to three area hospitals, either by ambulance or helicopter, officials said.

All the victims appear to be adults, investigators said.

"It has yet to be determined whether or not (the van passengers) were wearing seat belts, however based on so many people being ejected, it suggests people were not wearing seat belts," Foreman said.

Foreman said the 11 inside the van were on their way to work. No other details have been given about the victims pending further investigation and release of identities from the coroner.

The roadway reopened about 3 p.m.. Investigators are still looking into what caused the crash.