Three members of a Brooklyn church, one a teenager, were killed upstate Sunday when a van carrying congregants from a religious retreat crashed, state police said.
Five men and two teen boys from the Bethesda French Seventh-day Adventist Church in Flatlands were traveling from the Honors Haven Resort in Ellenville when a tractor-trailer hit their van as it entered Route 209 in Wawarsing at 10:30 a.m., police said.
The group had been attending a three-day retreat for the the Greater New York Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.
Church officials said the teen who died was a member of the congregation but declined to give any more information about him. They said the two men who died were in their 30s. One was from Freeport and the other from Brooklyn.
Two other passengers were airlifted to a hospital in serious condition. The others, including the trucker, suffered minor injuries.
“We went through a terrible accident,” said Regis Ariel, 36, who was in the van. “Jesus just saved my life.”
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SOURCE: New York Daily News
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