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8 hurt as car plows into Southern California tribal hall

A car plowed into a Southern California tribal hall during a funeral Thursday, sending eight people to the hospital, authorities said.

The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at the tribal hall of the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, near the desert community of Thermal, KESQ-TV reported.

One person had serious injuries, three others had moderate injuries and four had minor injuries, fire officials said. The driver was among those hurt.

Video showed a gaping hole in the building and a photograph showed a sport-utility vehicle with a wrecked front end smashed up against an interior wall of the building after apparently plowing all the way through the hall.

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There was no word on what caused the crash, and no other details were released.


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