Fayette County

Church group's bus crashes

More than 20 children and adults from Centenary United Methodist Church on Tates Creek Road in Lexington were sent to the hospital Sunday after a pick-up crashed into their bus in Dothan, Ala.

The truck apparently had been speeding and was cutting in and out of traffic in the northbound lane of Ross Clark Circle, said Sgt. Tim Ward of the Dothan Police Department's traffic safety division.

The truck driver lost control, possibly from hydroplaning, Ward said. The truck crossed the median and hit one of the three buses taking the 83-member church group to a youth camp in Panama City, Fla., said Gina Evans, senior administrator at Centenary.

There was nothing the bus driver could have done to avoid the truck, Ward said.

Roughly 24 youths and counselors were taken to two Dothan-area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries that were mostly bumps and bruises, Ward said.

“We're just very grateful that all the kids and adults are OK and that God took care of them,” Evans said.

Two people in the truck were in critical condition, Ward said. Two or three adults from the church group were to stay in the hospital overnight for injuries that included a concussion and a fractured hip.

Twelve adults and 71 children were headed to BigStuf Camps, part of a non-denominational, non-profit ministry based in Alpharetta, Ga. The group was about 45 minutes away from the camp when the accident happened.

Centenary officials will decide soon whether the youth group will go forward with the trip.