18-Wheeler Crashes Into Church in Lauderdale County, Driver Hurt


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

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CENTER STAR, Ala. (WHNT) –  An 18-wheeler crashed into Center Star Baptist Church on Monday afternoon.  The driver of the truck was injured.

"We had to extricate the driver, he was stuck in the truck and he has minor injuries. We had a ruptured fuel tank and we are taking care of it,” said David Charles, assistant fire chief of Center Star Fire Department.

Authorities say the driver was transported to ECM Hospital in Florence.

Ronnie Jones has been the pastor of the church for 23 years. He is grateful no one was hurt, but says the church has major damages. He says the wreck damaged three classrooms and the sanctuary is flooded with diesel fuel.

"There’s actually a big dome inside this building, and if it's in any place touched or cracked or broken the integrity of the structure could be at risk,” said Jones.

According to Jones, members will meet at the church's family life center for Sunday service.