Girl, 11, dies in church van rollover

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An 11-year-old girl is dead after this van -- carrying a church group -- rolled off an Interstate 84 ramp Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2013. (KOIN 6 News/Matt Rashleigh)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — An 11-year-old girl from Portland died when the van she was in rolled off an Interstate 84 ramp Sunday.

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This van — carrying a church group — rolled off an Interstate 84 ramp at 181st Avenue near Gresham Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2013. At least one person died. (KOIN 6 News/Matt Rashleigh)

The van was carrying a church group with nine people on board, according to the Gresham Police Department.

The rollover happened shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday on the ramp to westbound I-84 from NE 181st Avenue. A Gresham police spokesperson said the crash may have been weather related. On Sunday the first big storm of fall brought strong winds — by September standards — and rain to the region.

The other eight people in the van — five adults and three children — were all injured. However, their injuries were either minor or not life-threatening, said a Gresham police spokesperson late Sunday night.

As of 10:25 p.m. Sunday, “some of the occupants of the van have been released from the hospital and some are still being treated,” Gresham Police reported.

The driver of the van is cooperating with the investigation, and police do not believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As part of the investigation, the van will be examined to determine if there were any mechanical issues and if safety restraints were being used by all of the occupants.

The westbound I-84 on-ramp remained closed for several hours Sunday. It reopened around 7:50 p.m. Sunday, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation crash alert.

The Vehicular Crimes Team, a multi-agency unit used to investigate all major crashes, was called to investigate this fatal crash. The on-scene investigation finished up around 9 p.m. Sunday. The names of those involved in the crash have so far not been released.

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