Police: Minivan hit deer before crash that killed girl

FABER, Va. — Virginia State Police say a deer strike on a Virginia highway led to a Christmas Eve crash that killed an 8-year-old North Carolina girl and injured two other children.

The Daily Progress reports that police said the crash occurred Saturday on U.S. 29 after a minivan hit a deer.

The preliminary investigation shows that the minivan stopped abruptly and was hit by a tractor-trailer traveling behind it.

Police say the girl was taken to a hospital and died on Christmas Day.

The minivan driver and two passengers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. A 4-year-old boy secured in a child safety seat was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

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