Church Van Crash Injures 14 in TexasNov 1, 2004 | AP A church van carrying mostly teenagers from a birthday party flipped over and crashed when its driver swerved along an East Texas highway, injuring 14 passengers. Two people remained hospitalized early Monday, police said.
The members of the Holy Prayer Apostolic Church were returning from a restaurant in Tyler when the van crashed late Sunday afternoon on Interstate 20. Several passengers were thrown from the van.
Authorities said the van left the roadway and the driver apparently overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip several times before ending up in the median.
Church members prayed and reassured each other. "We thank God that they are all alive," Ella Mae Walker said. "We know it is going to be all right because we rely and trust in the Lord."
Walker said the injured ranged from 2 years old to an adult the driver.
Authorities were investigating. State troopers in Tyler said a total of 14 wrecks occurred on I-20 after thunderstorms moved into the area Sunday.