TRAGEDY: Colonial Hills Baptist Church youth pastor Chad Phelps, his wife Courtney Phelps and their unborn child were killed in a bus crash in Indianapolis Saturday afternoon. Church member Tonya Weindorf was also killed in the accident.
Church officials said Weindorf went on the trip so that her teenage special needs child could attend. Weindorf said she wanted him to have a good week and stated before crash that it had been a great one. She was a mother of five.
The Phelps’ toddler was injured in the crash but has been treated and released from an area hospital. The crash happened Saturday as a bus carrying a large group of teenagers and young adults from Colonial Hills Baptist Church returned to Indianapolis from a church retreat in Michigan.
The bus was owned by the church and the driver was a church member.
According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the driver of the bus said the brakes failed as the bus went on the off ramp. He said he couldn’t prevent the vehicle from hitting a raised median barrier. The bus was going from the I-465 exit ramp onto Keystone Avenue when it happened. Source: Fox 59
[UPDATE]: Driver in Indiana church bus crash identified in police report as Dennis Maurer, 68, of Indianapolis – @NBCNews