MUNFORDVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A truck crossed a Kentucky interstate median and hit a Mennonite church van headed to a wedding, killing 11 people, state police said Friday.
State police Trooper Charles Swiney said two children survived the crash with the tractor-trailer on northbound Interstate 65.
A pastor for the family in the van says they were Mennonites on their way to a wedding in Iowa. Authorities say the truck driver was also killed.
Officials say the tractor-trailer crossed the median and struck the church van head-on around 5:30 a.m. CDT near Munfordville, about 75 miles south of Louisville.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was dispatching a team to investigate the crash.
Pastor Leroy Kauffman with the Marrowbone Christian Brotherhood in Burkesville says the two surviving children were taken to a nearby hospital.
Kauffman said there were three young children on board ages 1, 3 and 5. He said the father was an assistant pastor at the church and there was also a couple on board the van who were engaged to be married, although they were traveling to someone else’s wedding.
“They had a July wedding planned but they won’t need that now,” Kauffman said. “They’ll have a wedding in heaven I guess.”
He said the family’s house burned down in December and they had just moved into a new home built by church members.
“We’re experiencing a lot of heartache and a lot of sadness, but with that a hope,” Kauffman said. “We know where these people are going, they were all saved Christians and walking with the Lord.”