• Car crashes through lobby of Orlando church; ‘thank God' no one was inside, pastor says

    By: Christopher Boyce , Deanna Allbrittin , Sarah Wilson

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - Thirty minutes before a gathering was set to begin at an Orlando church, a car crashed through the building's front lobby, the church's pastor said Thursday.

    "Thank God there was nobody," Pastor John Kipeen said. "If it had been 30 minutes after that, it would've been very chaotic because so many people would have been there."

    The car crashed into Streams of Life Worship Center off of L B McLeod Road around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

     

     

    Pictures showed the SUV after it plowed through the lobby.

    "Everybody sits there, especially the children," Kipeen said. "They normally come and sit in the lobby and the truck went straight through the lobby."

    In addition to shattered glass and busted door frames, the ceiling tiles and HVAC systems were pulled down around the vehicle. 

    Officials said the driver was on the street when she lost her vision. She was later up and walking in the parking lot as her car was being towed away.

    No injuries were reported in the crash.

    The pastor told Channel 9 that he hopes they'll have things cleaned up and structurally sound enough for services on Sunday. 

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