Driver loses control, slams into church - WNEM TV 5

Driver loses control, slams into church

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan church is still working to get back to normal after a truck slammed into its front entrance.

It happened about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday at Bethlehem Temple Church in Saginaw.

Curtis Johnson is the pastor at the church, and when he heard the news a car had driven into the porch of the building, he was shocked.

“I happened to have a member call me and so I clicked over on the news, and yes, it was our church,” Johnson said.

With where the porch is in relation to the road, Johnson said he knew it had to be a bad accident.

“He had to go airborne to take off half the railing and half the porch up there,” Johnson said.

Police said the truck struck a utility pole before running into the church.

The heat was cut off to the church because of the accident, but services went on as planned on Sunday.

“We didn’t have any heat, didn’t have any phones, no internet or anything like that so we’re in the process of getting those things addressed,” Johnson said.

The pastor went on to say the church is thinking about those in the crash.

“My heart really goes out to him. It’s my understanding he’s not doing well so we’re having prayer for him and his family. Obviously life is more important than property, you can always replace property," Johnson said.

A 49-year-old Saginaw man was driving the car when it went off the road, struck a utility pole, rolled over and came to a rest near the church's porch, police said.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle and is in critical condition.

A 1-year-old boy was also ejected from the vehicle. Him and his mother, who was a passenger in the vehicle, have been released from the hospital.

There was a car seat in the vehicle, police said.

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