MercyMe Performs After Fatal Tour Bus Accident

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The Christian music band MercyMe performed for the first time, Monday, since a deadly crash involving their tour bus.

The group, best known for their hit song "I Can Only Imagine," was leaving a concert Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind., when a car carrying several teenagers cut in front of their bus.

Two people died and a pregnant teenager--who was driving the other car-- was critically injured.  Her 35-week infant was stillborn a short time later.

None of the band or crew were seriously injured.

After the accident, MercyMe released an official statement:

"MercyMe would like to express their incredible heartache over this horrible accident. They are praying for the families of all who this will affect, and are asking others to please pray as well. The band and crew sustained minor bumps and bruises, however their hearts are heavy. They appreciate the concern they have received from people all over the world."

The mother, 18-year-old Kara Klinker, remains in critical, but stable condition.

According to the police report, eyewitnesses said that the group's bus had a green light when the car suddenly turned into the path of the tour bus, Indiana's News-Sentinel reported.

Shortly after the accident, lead singer Bart Millard Tweeted, "Car just hit our tour bus. We are ok, but 2 of the 3 in the car did not make it. The one that did is pregnant. Please pray."

Later, he Tweeted again: "Can't sleep. Officers left to notify families of their loss. My heart aches. Girl driving is 35 wks pregnant."

MercyMe canceled their sold out Saturday night concert. The band was en route to their show at Six Flags St. Louis, which has now been rescheduled for Sept. 5.

MercyMe formed in 1994 in Texas and went on to achieve mainstream recognition behind their crossover single, "I Can Only Imagine."

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