June 16, 2007 - Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT
SEDGWICK-Just before 2:00 on Saturday afternoon an unexpected bump in the road, sent Calvary Baptist Church of Jonesboro's van into a furious roll.
"They were traveling 63 Southbound going to Jonesboro, and from a witness statement from behind them, they had a blowout. They tried to correct the steering and then got off on the side of the roadway where it overturned," said Sr. Cpl. Jim Danley of Arkansas State Police.
The back, driver's side tire was completely destroyed.
Debris and personal belongings lined the side of Highway 63 as traffic sat still for as much as three miles.
"Anytime we have an accident on 63, and especially where we've got the road construction, it just completely shuts down the roadway," said Danley.
Eleven ambulances departed from the wreck site and transported patients to St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.
12 in total were admitted to the Emergency Room.
"All of them are in stable condition. We had lots of cuts, bruises, and maybe a couple of broken bones, but everybody is in stable condition," said Doug Doggett of St. Bernards.
Now items like a prayer book found on the side of the road serve as a reminder of a church trip that ended just a little too soon.