Church group escapes serious injury in Colorado accident

The vehicle shows significant damage, but fortunately no one was seriously injured Friday afternoon in a rollover accident near Limon, Colo., involving students and adults from Mennonite churches in Hillsboro and Topeka who were headed to a youth retreat in Colorado.A group of youth and adults from Mennonite churches in Hillsboro and Topeka escaped serious injury Friday afternoon when they were involved in a two-vehicle accident on the way to a retreat in Colorado.

According to Susan Jantzen, pastor of First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro, five youth and three adult sponsors from Hillsboro, and a similar-sized group from the South?ern Hills Menno?nite Church in Topeka, were traveling in two vehicles along Interstate 70.

One of the two vehicles moved into the passing lane near Limon, Colo., and was struck from behind by an unidentified second vehicle. It rolled as it entered the median.

Two students, one from Hillsboro and one from Topeka, were treated and released at a local hospital. Jantzen said the Hills?boro student was picked up by a parent and taken to a Wichita hospital for further examination and was later released.

?We?re grateful from the reports that the traffic controllers were very helpful right away and medical care was there right away,? Jantzen said. ?The injuries that were incurred were ones from which one can heal.?

The small convoy was headed to Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp near Divide, Colo., for an annual district gathering.

Jantzen said the First United Methodist congregation in Limon sent a van to the accident scene to transport travelers back to the Methodist church to regroup while the two hospitalized youth were receiving medical attention.

?The group decided to go on up (to the event) and were well-received,? Jantzen said. ?They could be together and worship and play in the snow in a very supportive environment.?

Jantzen said a replacement van from Hillsboro traveled to Limon on Sun?day to pick up the rest of the youth for the remainder of the trip home.

?We are all giving praise and thanks to God,? Jantzen said. ?And our prayers continue with the aid of the Spirit, who intercedes with sighs too deep for words.?

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