Pickup Truck Collides With Church Van; 12 Reported Dead

The crash happened Wednesday afternoon in Texas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2017 7:44 PM CDT
Twelve people have been reported killed after a pickup truck collided with a church van Wednesday in Texas.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – A Texas state trooper says 12 people were killed in a crash between a church van and a pickup truck on a two-lane highway in southwestern Texas, the AP reports. Sgt. Conrad Hein of the Texas Department of Public Safety said three others were injured and taken to hospitals after the head-on collision that happened around 12:30pm Wednesday on US 83 outside Garner State Park, about 75 miles west of San Antonio. Hein said he does not know if the lone occupant of the pickup truck is among the dead or how many of the dead were among the 14 people aboard the church van. The 14 in the van were senior members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas.

In a statement posted on the church website, church officials said the members were returning from a three-day retreat. The statement said church officials hadn't learned how many fatalities and injuries resulted from the crash. However, they were "ministering to family members to help them deal with this tragedy." In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott said he and his wife extend their "deepest condolences to the victims and the families of those involved in today's tragic event." He said they are "saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to all those affected." The governor added that he and his wife "thank the first responders working on the scene" and "ask that all Texans join us in offering their thoughts and prayers." (Read more car crash stories.)

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