Friday, May 29

Drunk driver hits Love and Hugs Christian Tabernacle Church bus , injures 15

More than a dozen local church members are recovering after a church bus crash Thursday night. Police say a drunk driver hit the bus head-on.

The church is in Rockdale County, but the crash was along Highway 123 in Stephens County. They were traveling from Love and Hugs Christian Tabernacle Church in Conyers.

Fire officials say a car hit the church bus near Toccoa on the way to a women's retreat. 
Eighteen people were on the bus, and 15 went to local hospitals.

Channel 2’s Audrey Washington spoke to a church member who is still recovering in a hospital. The member said she was sitting towards the front of the bus and witnessed the moment of impact.
“I just thank God for putting his arms around us and keeping us safe and sound,” said church member Charlotte Hill.
Hill has a swollen black eye and other bumps and bruises.
“That was a very frightening experience,” Minister Sharon Johnson told Washington via phone. “I’ve never witnessed anything like that before.”
Johnson said she watched the driver of the car veer towards their bus.
“I saw him when he began to weave. I saw when he held his head up and realized he was fixing to hit us head on,” said Johnson.
The driver of the car was airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.  Two people were transported to Franklin County Hospital, 13 were transported to Stephens County Hospital, and two refused treatment.

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