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More than a dozen injured in van crash on 101 Freeway

Van overturns on 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks; more than a dozen passengers injured
Van overturns on 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks after blowing a tire; more than 12 injured

More than a dozen people were injured Thursday when a passenger van overturned on the northbound 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks, officials said.

The van blew a tire, lost control, hit the center divider and overturned on the freeway at Lynn Road around 2 p.m. It was then clipped by a semi-truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Five of the van's occupants were treated at the scene and 11 were taken to a hospital, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Captain Mike Lindbery said on Twitter.

None of the injuries were serious and there were no fatalities, according to the fire department.

The driver of the van initially fled the scene on foot, prompting a search, but then came back, according to the CHP.

Although the fire department said the van was on its side in the two left lanes, CHP incident logs reported that at least one lane was open shortly after the crash.

It is unclear how many passengers were in the van.

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