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Eleven people were ejected from this van when it crashed along Interstate 95 in Attleboro on Saturday. Two of them died.

ATTLEBORO — State police have released the names of the two members of a tour group who were killed Saturday in a horrific crash on Interstate 95.

The two men were identified Tuesday as Leslaw Mastej, 42, and Jaroslaw Nowak, 49, both of Poland.

They were among 11 people in a 2004 Ford Econoline van that flipped over after colliding with a car on Interstate 95 at about 11 a.m. Saturday. The collision occurred on the northbound side of the highway and the two vehicles involved crossed over the median and onto the southbound side before coming to rest.

The other nine occupants ranged in age from 28 to 67 and included two other Polish citizens. The rest of the people in the van, including the driver, were from New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City, according to state police.

The five men and four women were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence suffering from serious injuries. State police did not release their names or current medical conditions.

The driver of the car, a 32-year-old East Providence woman, sustained minor injuries, police said. Her name has not been released and no charges have been filed against her.

The occupants of the van comprised a tour group organized by Ampol Inc. of Trenton, N.J. Ampol caters to the Polish and Polish-American communities.

The group was traveling to Boston to see tourist attractions when the crash occurred.

The accident is being investigated by state police accident reconstruction experts, troopers from the Foxboro barracks and state police assigned to the Bristol County district attorney’s office.

David Linton may be reached at 508-236-0338.

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