A youth Group from Gainesville, Georgia was involved in a van/Semi- Truck accident on Highway 92 in Whitley County, Kentucky. According to local sources, the youth group was in town helping out at an elementary school. The youth group had been on the Kentucky mission trip since Saturday, June 5, and they were due home on Sunday the 13. The group was on their way back from the school when the crash happened.
The church van carrying thirteen youths crashed in to a semi truck carrying coal Wednesday June 9, in the afternoon, reportedly injuring some of those on board the bus. The massive crash left the bus with heavy damage, and it backed up traffic along Highway 92 for hours. Three teenagers and two adults were injured in the crash. Two of the teenagers, 16-year-old Holly Hawkins and 16-year-old Derrick Worley were taken to Jellico Community Hospital where they were treated and released.
The two accompanying adults, Minister Terry Taphouse and his wife, Lois, were taken to a hospital at the University of Kentucky, where the remained Wednesday night. Both are expected to be fine though they were listed in serious condition.
The families as well as several members of the church’s congregation are reportedly on their way to Kentucky to be with those who are injured.