Driver plows through church in Brusly

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Posted: Jan 22, 2010 9:47 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Jan 22, 2010 10:25 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Church crash, truck, Brusly, Israelite MIssionary Baptist Church, GC Pierce

A truck that lost control slammed through a church in Brusly this week moments before it was about to fill up with worshippers.

Investigators say the driver of the truck hydroplaned, went airborne and then smashed into one the church's walls. News 2 learned the driver was taken to the hospital and with broken bones.

"The foundation [has] got to be rechecked and hopefully we don't have to tear this whole wall down," Pastor G.C. Pierce said.

The crash happened as people were showing up for a youth service.

"I'm so grateful no one from the congregation was hurt," Pierce said.

The church has been operating for more than a century. It first started services back in 1894. Today, the church's congregation has grown to more than 300 members. The Pierce says there is no question whether or not the church will rebuild.

"This is [God's] house, and he will always look over his house," Pierce said.

Adjusters will evaluate the property next week. Until then, there's no way to determine how much it will cost to fix the damage.

Services this weekend have been cancelled. The driver has not been charged.

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