Six were injured Wednesday when a van full of people crashed and overturned in Rock Island with investigators saying seatbelts likely saved many lives.The accident happened at the intersection of Sparta Highway (Highway 70) and Old Rock Island Road around 6 p.m. According to highway patrolman Donnie Clark, the wreck happened when a 2006 Nissan Quest driven by Gary Surber, 64, of Rock Island pulled from Old Rock Island Road into the Sparta Highway intersection.Once in the intersection, Surber’s vehicle collided with a 2003 Chevy mini-van driven by Robin Carrick of Sparta. The Surber vehicle impacted with the rear side of the van, knocking it sideways and forcing it to overturn, with the rolling van coming to rest on its side on the highway.Injured in addition to the driver were other van occupants Malaysa Carrick, 11; Jaya Carrick, 10; Amy Cash, 42; Macy Cash, 12 and Carolyn Strianse. They were all taken to River Park Hospital by the Warren County Ambulance Service for treatment of non-critical injuries.Surber escaped injury.
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