Originally published: June 24, 2002

Church Bus Crashes Near East of Dallas

TERRELL, Texas --

A chartered bus carrying almost 50 young people from Garland, Texas to a church camp in Louisiana crashed Monday morning on Interstate 20 near Terrell. At least six people on the bus were killed, according to initial reports. "There's many, many that are injured," said Dave Eden, associate pastor at Metro Church of Garland, where the bus trip originated about 9:20 a.m. "Most of them are all right, but there's a few that were injured." Rev. Eden said he had been in telephone contact with some of the bus passengers, which included two of his own children. "They just said that the bus tipped over and hit the pole, and everybody was freaking out and screaming," Rev. Eden said.

A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman said the fatalities included two adults and four young people. He said it appeared the bus driver fell asleep. Eight helicopter amulances responded to a call for help from the scene about three miles east of Terrell. The victims were taken to hospitals in Dallas, Canton and Terrell. Aerial views showed the wreckage of the bus that crashed into a bridge pillar. Dozens of emergency workers were caring for victims of the crash.

Eastbound I-20 was shut down and traffic was backed up for miles. Church officials say the bus was one of two carrying about 100 teens to a week-long church camp in Ruston, Louisiana. Concerned family members were asked to contact Metro Church for information about victims of the crash. "All of our pastors are headed out there, the rest of us are about to leave," said Metro Church spokeswoman Erika Robinson. Terrell is about 30 miles east of Dallas. This article is courtesy of WFAA.