First Baptist Church Center Star Cleans Up After 18-wheeler Crash

The 18-wheeler crashed into Center Star Baptist Church about 2:30 p.m. Monday. (Photo: Thomas McCoy, WHNT News 19 Viewer)

The 18-wheeler crashed into Center Star Baptist Church about 2:30 p.m. Monday. (Photo: Thomas McCoy, WHNT News 19 Viewer)

 

CENTER STAR, Ala. (WHNT) – Close to a month ago, an 18-wheeler crashed into the First Baptist Church Center Star.

Since then, church members have worked to pick up the pieces. The hole on the side of the church is just one of the many problems Pastor Ronnie Jones is dealing with. Workers can’t fill the hole until the diesel fuel from the 18-wheeler is completely cleaned up.

The truck spilled seventy gallons of diesel fuel all over the sanctuary and knocked out multiple classrooms.

Pastor Ronnie Jones canceled the church’s second service and moved everything over to the family worship center.

“It has been kind of a good spirit to know that everything is ok. Nobody was hurt, thank God. The community has really been supportive. The community itself has come together, kind of as a one again. To join hands and hearts and we are kind of moving forward,” said Jones.

But the main sanctuary is still in ruins. The lights are out, the floor is gone and Jones says the dome in the center of the church might have to come down because of structural issues.

Pastor Jones says he has met with the church’s insurance company and engineers. They estimate restoring the building could take anywhere from six months to a year.

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