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Victims in Worthington crash all Sioux Falls residents

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Thirteen people were ejected from a van that crashed on I-90 near Worthington, Minn. early Thursday morning.

The 2003 Chevy Express G3500 was heading east on I-90 when icy roads caused the vehicle to crash and roll. The driver, 29-year-old Altayeb Arbab-Azzein of Sioux Falls, was wearing his seatbelt. Thirteen of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle and everyone was taken to a hospital in Worthington, according to deputies on scene.

Klaw Reh, 22, Talla Agra, 52, Bhandari Mekh, 28, and Mussa Alaaldeen, 32, are in serious condition according to the Minnesota Highway Patrol Office.

Mju Mohamed, 26, Reh Pleh, 47, Tiwari Ganga, Tamire, Shimeles, 30, Chuwan Tara, 38, Gurung Rabi, 37, Abdelmunem Abdallah, 54, Reh Ray, 22, Dhakal Dirga, 29, and Tornyang Nykaor, 41, all sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The van has South Dakota license plates, and all of the victims were from Sioux Falls.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises that the risk of rollover in a 15-passenger vans is high.

Examining crash data from 2003 to 2007, the administration found that a 15-passenger van with 10 or more occupants had a rollover rate nearly three times higher than one carrying fewer than five people.

The NHTSA research also found that drivers often lack experience with these large vehicles, which can lead to higher risk on the road.

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