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9 kids hurt when van crashes into tree in S. California

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say nine children have been hurt when their van crashed into a tree in a Southern California coastal city. 

The Orange County Fire Authority says the van smashed into the tree Wednesday afternoon in Dana Point. 

The injured children are between 9 and 12 years old. Five youngsters suffered traumatic injuries, and four had minor injuries. 

The driver refused transport to a hospital. 

The van appeared to be towing a trailer carrying surfboards. 

There’s no immediate word where the van was headed or what caused the crash about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Los Angeles.