Church Youth Group Injured in Ky. Van Crash

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Members of the Belmont Baptist Church in Hall County, Ga. have been praying for their youth pastor and his wife as well as several young people who were injured when a semi-truck plowed over the top of their van during a missions trip.

Tim Moon's 13-year-old daughter, Lydia, was in another van right behind the accident, which took place Wednesday on Highway 92 in Whitley County, near Williamsburg, Ky.

"They heard a bunch of screaming and then realized that the other van had wrecked," Moon said. "It looks like the rear wheels hit the front bumper and ran over the drivers side corner of the van."

"It's difficult, it gives me like a sick feeling in my stomach," said Lydia's sister, Leslie Moon. "She (Lydia) said it was scary. All she heard was a bunch of screams."

Church members prayed into the night for the injured. Belmont's youth pastor Terry Taphouse suffered the most severe injuries.

Taphouse, his wife Lois and dozens of youth from Belmont and two other churches had been ministering to children in one of the poorest areas of the country before the accident occurred.

Taphouse apparently bore the brunt of the impact.

"(It's) disturbing because you could see where the tire ran right over where the driver's seat was," Tim Moon said. "To hear that he's not going to die, it's not life threatening, that's awesome. He's a strong man. He's been through a lot in his life."

The group was expected to finish their mission trip and return to Gainesville, Ga. on Sunday.

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