Colonial Hills Baptist Church Bus Crash: 3 Dead, 2 Dozen Injured in Indianapolis

    The Indianapolis Fire Department says three people were killed when a bus carrying teens from a church camp crashed on a busy thoroughfare near Interstate 465. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Michelle Pemberton)

    A Colonial Hills Baptist Church bus coming back to Indiana crashed on Saturday, killing three and injuring 26 others.

    The bus was carrying teenagers who were returning to Indiana from a church camp in Michigan. It crashed just a few minutes from the church, reported The Associated Press.

    Three people–a husband and a wife, and a teen–were killed in the incident, and 26 others were sent to nearby hospitals with injuries, officials told AP.

    “They were not that far from home. … That only adds to the tragedy,” Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs told the news agency.

    All three died at the scene of the accident, the Indianapolis Fire Department told the Indianapolis Star. The victims’ names were not released.

    Witnesses said they saw the bus turn at a high rate of speed before it overturned.

    “It was going very fast,” Carol Albright, a local, told the Star. “It hit the median that divides the southbound lanes of Keystone from the ramp to 465. The nose of the bus hit the barricade. It kind of pivoted on the nose of the bus and did a little bit of a twist. How it didn’t hit another car, I don’t know.’’

    She added that other drivers got out of their cars and helped the bus crash victims.

     WTHR-TV reported that the driver of the church-owned bus said the brakes failed. However, officials were unsure if the bus had mechanical problems or not, AP reported.

    Duane Lloyd, who was driving near the scene the accident, told WTHR: ”I heard a skid. I looked back. I see this bus in the air and people falling out of the bus. I could have gone my whole life without seeing that.”

    He confirmed that many came to help.

    “Right afterwards…it’s amazing. They talk about Hoosier Hospitality and how people run into action. I really didn’t think about it. People were stopping their cars. People were literally trying to lift the bus,” he said. “You just try to do what you can do.”

    John Murphy, a witness, was quoted by CNN as saying that “there was a lot of blood. There was an awful lot of blood.”

    There were 37 passengers on board the bus when it overturned.


    • Bill Streifer

      Where was God?

      • Kent Iler

        God can be glorified through terrible tragedies such as this. Time will tell how He will use this to draw others to Him. He never wastes a hurt. My heart and prayers goes out to the families involved in this accident.

      • GodIsAlwaysGood

        God is ALWAYS there to help us through hard times! It’s like a father & his child walking together…. If the child falls & hurts himself, it wasn’t the dad’s fault even though he was right there. things just happen like that. but that father loves his child so much that he will be right there helping him up in a second. if we–God’s children– “fall” (which happens!), God promises to pick us up & carry us! it gives us a chance to LEAN ON HIM for strength! may this accident be used to bring people to Christ & show a miracle! and just think…every kid that survived that accident is LIVING PROOF of God’s goodness, grace, & love. they could have all easily died in that crash. God works in mysterious ways sometimes that we don’t understand…. but Romans 8:28 still stands! “All things work together for good, to them that love God….”!!! Prov 27:13- “I had fainted, unless i had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” look for it– it’s there! #praying for colonial hills baptist curch

      • April Stewart Owens

        God was in the volunteers, by-standers, first responders, in the prayers of people all over the nation & He was comforting the friends & family. The Lord never said there would be no death or suffering. He said that He would remove the sting of death for all that believe in Him and call on the name of the Lord.
        Pain does not prove there is no God. Comfort, compassion & love proves that there is.

      • marcianelson

        He was with the dead….embracing them …while he let those people who stopped aide and give comfort to the survivors. Just because this was a church group doesn’t mean that God wasn’t there or that he isn’t real for them. Free will and human error probably caused this accident …..His calling for us is to ACT , be his hands and eyes and when we can do something to relieve someone from pain.. and give them comfort and aide….this is what he watches for……why don’t you put aside your need to start an argument or a debate on if God exists for another time.


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