3 children remain in critical condition following church bus collision

Van from the First United Pentecostal Church in Union City, Tenn.
Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 1:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 12:07 PM CDT
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CORNING, Ark. (KAIT) - Eleven children suffered injuries Saturday afternoon when their church van collided with another vehicle.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said the crash happened around 1 p.m. on Highway 67 near Highway 328

The van was carrying members of a Union City, Tennessee, church to Doniphan, Missouri, for a float trip on the Current River when it collided with a commercial vehicle carrying fish.

All of the 11 people injured were children, Miller said.

By Monday, June 21, all but three were back home with their families. They remain in stable, but critical condition.

Many of the injured were taken by ambulance to hospitals in Poplar Bluff and Paragould. Miller said two of the children were airlifted in critical condition to LeBonheur and Regional One in Memphis.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Pastor Paul Ray Cagle released the following statement on Wednesday, June 24:

The First United Pentecostal Church in Union City, TN thanks you for your thoughts and prayers concerning the recent accident. The outpouring of love and support has been greatly appreciated.

We ask that you respect the privacy and rights of the families involved as they heal and recover.

Any donations or gifts to assist the families and victims in their medical expenses can be directed to the church, PO Box 456 Union City TN 38281.

Pastor Paul Ray Cagle

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