FORT MYERS, Fla. - A car crashed into a packed Ft. Myers church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews.
Fort Myers police Lt. Victor Medico said the Lexus sedan struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church at around 8 p.m. Sunday, when there were about 200 people inside. Investigators said they are looking into the crash even though they believe it was "an unfortunate traffic accident."
The (Fort Myers) News-Press reports church members used car jacks to lift the vehicle off of people who were trapped underneath.
One witness said, "Yeah, I was sitting up front when the services start, and we just, we just hear that first one. It went 'Bing!'""
Mary Briggs of Lee Memorial Health System said 18 people were taken to hospitals. She said none required surgery and one person was dismissed later Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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