On March 10, 2014, a flat-bed tractor-trailer truck crashed into the First Baptist Church, of Center Star, in rural Killen, Ala., extensively damaging the building. A gaping hole was left in the church. The truck reportedly traveled 35 feet inside the building and spilled approximately 75-100 gallons of diesel fuel inside the church, which penetrated the slab and contaminated the property. Church officials said there were three workers, two children and some painters at the church when the wreck occurred, but thankfully they were not in the section of the building that was hit. The crash occurred about 45 minutes after about 100 children had been picked up from the church’s preschool program, according to pastor Ronny Jones. Since the crash, the church’s services have been held in the family life center while the leadership decides what to do about the church.
Witnesses reported that the truck was traveling west on U.S. 72 when it ran off the north side of the road and then the driver appeared to overcompensate. The truck crossed the median and went off the south side of the highway before crashing into the church. Mud impressions were left embedded into the median. Those lead to muddy tire marks that cross the eastbound lane. Those prints continue where the truck’s path somehow avoided a small space between a mailbox and tree on the church grounds. The path ended with the scene of about half the truck jammed into a corner of the building.
Our law firm recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of the church against the truck driver and the companies responsible for the crash. We are honored to be able to represent the church and its members and to assist them in their efforts to recover for their losses.
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