Local News

Durham church van flips on I-95 in Georgia

Posted July 11, 2011

— Nine members of a Durham family were injured Sunday when their church van overturned on Interstate 95 outside of Savannah, Ga., authorities said.

Authorities said they believe a tire blew out on the van, causing the driver to swerve and skid across three lanes of traffic. The van flipped and came to a rest on a highway entrance ramp.

Faye Mims-Barbee said her sister was driving the van, which belonged to the Miracle Temple Holiness church.

Durham church van flips on I-95 in Georgia Durham church van flips on I-95 in Georgia

"She couldn't control the van, and it flipped over four times," Mims-Barbee said. "Five people were thrown out of the van."

Twelve members of an extended family were in the van. They were using the church van to drive to Orlando, Fla., for a vacation, Mims-Barbee said.

"No cars ran over them, so you know, we just think that was a blessing – that God was there," she said.

Four family members remained hospitalized Monday, and Mims-Barbee said relatives in Durham were working on getting the others home.

"They are afraid to get in a car, and we are not the richest people," she said. "We are just going to pray on it, and God will make a way to get them back here."


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • seankelly15 Jul 12, 2011

    smurfette - "By the way, no one died in this accident, so maybe as believers there is something to His hand of protection??"

    How come he gets credit for saving everyone but not the responsibility for the wreck?

  • seankelly15 Jul 12, 2011

    pamelaworley1969 - Where is the "second off".

  • bigal02282 Jul 11, 2011

    Most "Churches" are simply non-profits set up to avoid paying taxes. The proliferation of "churches" is amazing. There are probably 400 in my area and the vast majority are nothing more than fronts. The "ministers" drive Hummers, Caddy's, anything that is over the top. There is a store that caters to what I'd call "Televangelist Pretty Suits". Purple, black & gold, matching hats, canes, the works. Vans are used to carry children to the "Church Daycares" for which the "Churches" are reimbursed by State & Federal governments for taking care of them. Now WHY am I being so cynical? I've TALKED to a few of them and they are more than happy to tell you how they are "getting over" and how their friends have all started "Churches" too. There IS no "Church" van. It's all part and parcel of whoever's family "Owns" the church. So it can be used for any purpose they deem fit. Vacations being one of them.

  • Vita Brevis Ars Longa Jul 11, 2011

    God certainly is watching over his flock with these 15 passenger vans filled with the faithful. Seems like they flip about once a day. Hey mythological God! What were you thinking?

  • federalsales Jul 11, 2011

    All churches and anybody else need to stop using 15 passenger vans for people. They were designed for cargo vans only. They are unsafe...When will people wake up and smell the roses. Buy a Mini Bus, that is what they are designed for.. And if you can'nt afford it, then maybe they should stop riding the roads.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jul 11, 2011

    Most of these churches waste parishioners money on houses, trips and cars... if every church was audited, most would lose their tax status.

    While I am on my soap box, this is exactly why drivers education in the US is horrible, they never teach people what to do in emergency situations under controlled conditions. I was lucky enough to have access to a real drivers training program where I was able to lose control of my vehicle at freeway speeds and had an instructor guide me to safety... I have only had to use it once but it saved my life. People who have not had such training tend to over correct and end up upside down.

  • Honesty first Jul 11, 2011

    Why would a church allow one family to take a church owned van on a trip all the way to Florida for a personal vacation. Someone needs to look at the financials on this "church".

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jul 11, 2011

    Those 15 passenger vans and cargo vans are dangerous. I drove one over the July 4th holiday and I kept it at or below the speed limit.

    I wonder if this family has the insurance to replace that church's van. It's an expensive vacation.

  • cheezchicken Jul 11, 2011

    Poor people...we've just returned from 2000 miles of driving with no incidents. Lucky us. Best wishes to those effected!

  • 1 awesome Dad Jul 11, 2011

    Miracles can and do happen and I am thankful one happened here.