Van crashes near Niagara Falls killing members of a Bronx church group

A van from the Gospel Assembly Church, in Williamsbridge, crashed Sunday night near the Niagara Falls killing three passengers and injuring nine others.

Officials say the group was traveling home from a religious event in Toronto. According to Thomas Garlock, the general manager of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the van was approaching a plaza near the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on Highway 405 when it struck a median, rolled over and burst into flames.

Rev. Lloyd Daley, assistant pastor of the Gospel Assembly Church, says the driver of the van, a deacon at the church was one of the people killed. Another van from the same group was traveling ahead of it, but was not involved in the accident.

Officials say the bridge was closed in both directions after the accident. Garlock says several fatal accidents have occurred in the area due to high speeds. He also says there are signs warning drivers to slow down before they reach the bridge. The cause of the accident is unknown.

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