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At least 12 injured in church bus wreck in Conway County

By David Harten

This article was originally published November 27, 2012 at 11:40 a.m. Updated November 27, 2012 at 1:43 p.m.

— A church bus with several senior-citizen passengers wrecked in Conway County on Tuesday morning.

Dispatchers with the Arkansas State Police said the accident occurred at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday when the bus drove off the road into a pasture on Arkansas 9.

In total, 12 victims were removed from the wreck. A spokesperson with St. Vincent Hospital in Morrilton said 10 patients were taken in with nine undergoing evaluation. One patient was taken to St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock and is in critical condition. The other nine victims are in stable condition.

Officials with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said two victims were airlifted from the scene to unidentified hospitals.

On the church's website, Craig Duncan, minister at Lonoke Baptist Church, shared an update on his Facebook page that the "seniors had a bad bus wreck."

In full, Duncan's post said: "Asking all people who believe in prayer to lift up my people! The Senior Saints had a bad bus wreck on the way to the Nursing Home Ministry. Information is still sketchy but med-flights are being used. Lift up in prayer!"

The extent of any injuries is unknown. Calls to the Conway County sheriff's office were not immediately returned.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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