Church group caught in avalanche escapes serious injury

By: AP
By: AP

The driver of a church van says the avalanche that struck a Colorado highway Saturday flipped his vehicle numerous times, but everyone miraculously escaped serious injury. One member of the church group was hospitalized with a broken rib.

About 17 members of the Oakwood Road Church of Ames, Iowa, were on a ski retreat in Colorado when one of the four vans they were riding in was suddenly hit by tons of snow that swept across U.S. Highway 40 in the mountains west of Denver.

Jordan Cook says the van he was driving rolled over and over for about 300 feet, and "it felt like forever" before trees stopped it from tumbling further down the mountainside. Cook says he's thanking God that he survived.

Their pastor, the Reverend Stephen Kemp, says he's also thankful that a Denver-area church cared for his group and helped them prepare to return home to Iowa.

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