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8 hurt in van, semi collision
Vaughn Charles
Charles Vaughn

A Bloomingdale man faces several charges after an incident Monday night near Meldrim injured eight people.

Charles Vaughn, 38, is accused of hitting a stop sign and knocking it down at the intersection of Old River Road and Highway 80. A van from Westside Christian Church came through the intersection a short time later. But without the stop sign in place, the van rolled through the intersection and collided with a tractor-trailer.

The van driver and seven children were injured, but none of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.

Vaughn was apprehended at a house in the 3000 block of Highway 80 attempting to break into a residence shortly after he fled the scene of the accident. A 911 caller reported a suspicious male was attempting to gain entry into her residence. Deputies located Vaughn with a knife on the back porch near the door.

Vaughn has been charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and criminal trespass. Vaughn also faces numerous traffic charges including driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to maintain lane.

He was released from Effingham County Jail on $7,000 bond Tuesday.

The Georgia State Patrol is conducting the accident investigation involving the church van and the truck.