Four killed in crash of Louisiana church van

June 23, 2011 7:52:58 AM PDT
State police have released the names of the victims of a church van crash in northeast Louisiana, in which four people died. They are 53-year-old Portia Thornton, 19-year-old Kaitlyn Thornton, 12-year-old Brittany Thornton, and 4-year-old Emma Adams, who were all pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday night by the West Carroll Parish Coroner's Office.

Troopers say the van's driver, 30-year-old Joey W. McKan of Oak Grove, was one of two people hospitalized with "life threatening" injuries and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Monroe.

Twenty-year-old Jake Thornton, 21-year-old Aaron Coats, two sixteen-year-olds, and another male passenger whose age has not been determined, were transported to hospitals from Monroe to Jackson, Miss.

The van belonged to the New Zion Baptist Church, which is about eight miles outside of Oak Grove.