Car crashes into Catholic church during Bible study


ORLAND HILLS, IL – A car slammed into the walls of a Catholic church in Orland Hills during a group Bible study session. A maintenance worker at St. Elizabeth Seton Church at 9300 W. 167th St. Thursday night said the car crashed into the building as about 40 people attended the study class focused on the writings. Reports from witnesses at the scene indicate that no one was injured.

“The 40 people weren’t all where the car hit, there were probably about 10 to 15 people there,” said Joe Shake, who has worked at the church for the past five years.

The group had gathered at the church near the corner of 167th Street and Haven Avenue for their weekly Thursday evening Bible session, Shake said. There are usually between 30 and 40 people attending, with the Thursday evening session attracting the high end of attendees. The class runs from 7-8:30 p.m., but the crash ended it earlier this week.

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Shake said the group was made up mostly of older people, but “all ages are welcome”.

The driver was assessed by firefighters who arrived on the scene and it was determined that he did not sustain any serious injuries. ComEd crews were forced to shut off the power to the building, another source told Orland Park Patch.

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“I’m a little surprised,” Shake said of Thursday night’s accident. “We’ve had people up in posts and garages, but I haven’t seen anything like that.”

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