Whitley County KY Church Van Crash: 5 injured in collision with coal truck

06/14/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Whitley County, KY—Five members of a Gainesville, Georgia-based youth group suffered injuries when their church van crashed near Williamsburg, Kentucky. The injurious June 9, 2010 collision left two adults and three minors hurt, according to information provided by CBSAtlanta.com and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

At least thirteen members of the Belmont Baptist Church youth group, including youth pastor Terry Taphouse and his wife Lois, occupied the large van when the wreck occurred.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., the 15-passenger van collided with a coal-lugging tractor-trailer. The crash scene was located along Kentucky Route 92 (KY 92), about 60 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Terry Taphouse was driving the van at the time. He and his wife suffered serious injuries in the van-semi crash. Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel rushed them to University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

Three others, all students in either middle or high school, suffered minor injuries. They were transported to Jellico Community Hospital to be treated by doctors and nurses.

Members of the Belmont Baptist Church youth group, along with those from Walnut Fork Church and North Metro Baptist Church, were on a mission trip in Kentucky at the time. The mission reportedly consisted of working with local elementary school students.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) officials are conducting a full probe into the church van vs. tractor-trailer crash.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyers.

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