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May 10, 2013St. Joseph, MO | By: AP
The Missouri Highway Patrol says a van carrying 10 people to work struck two other vehicles on Interstate 29 near St. Joseph, killing two and injuring at least nine.
The patrol identified those killed in Thursday's crash as 42-year-old Phun Bik, the van's driver, and his wife, 36-year-old Rose Mery Thlia. Reports say all 10 people in the van were Kansas City, Kan., residents employed at the Triumph Foods pork processing plant in St. Joseph. The crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. on northbound I-29, just south of St. Joseph. The patrol says the van came upon several vehicles that were stopped after an earlier accident and hit a tractor-trailer and a car. Eight other people in the van and the driver of the car were taken to hospitals.