Car Slams Into Packed Florida Church, Injures 20

People gathered at the Second Haitian Baptist Church at Fort Myers, Fla. had a lucky escape, after a car crashed through the walls and slammed into people assembled outside the church for its annual Easter concert.

According to CNN, more than 20 people were injured in the accident that happened at around 8 p.m. local time. The car involved in the crash was a Lexus sedan and was driven by a female driver who claimed that the brakes on her vehicle failed when she tried to park the car in the Church parking lot.

At the time of the incident, there were close to 200 people assembled outside the church, reports NPR. According to Fort Myers police Lt. Victor Medico, people assembled at the church had already started rescuing people trapped underneath the vehicle by using car jacks to lift the wheels off.

Jean Corejeles, an eyewitness to the incident, said “Everybody was sitting and the service started and then ‘BING,’ the car came in. So many people are injured.”

Medico confirmed that that the driver of the vehicle was a young Haitian woman who was making her way into the church.

Meanwhile, Lee County EMS operations chief has said that even after the car drove through a wall and then crashed into the church structure, there was no fear of a collapse. A spokesperson for the Lee Memorial health System has said that 18 people were taken to hospitals for treatment. These included four trauma patients.

One victim has since then been discharged. Three of the injured are children. Meanwhile, police authorities are treating the incident at the church as a very unfortunate accident, rather than a criminal act, a police official told CNN.

This incident at the Florida church isn’t the only unfortunate event to have unfolded on Easter Sunday. Earlier, The Inquisitr had also reported about a fire in a New York home that resulted in the deaths of two four year old kids.

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