3 congregants killed when semi slams into church van

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Posted: May 03, 2015 9:34 PM

WAWARSING, N.Y. (AP) — State police say three congregants of a New York church were killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into the van they were riding in after attending a religious retreat.

Police say the semi collided with the passenger side of the church van as it tried to enter Route 209 in the town of Wawarsing at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The van was carrying seven people from the Bethesda French Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brooklyn. Pastor Pierre Metellus confirmed that several members of the church were killed and injured.

Authorities say the three killed were passengers; the driver and another passenger were hospitalized. The remaining two passengers and the truck driver incurred minor injuries.

Authorities say the congregants had been attending a religious retreat at the Honors Haven Resort.