Driver injured, church damaged after crash in Butler Twp.

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Driver injured, church damaged after crash in Butler Twp.

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Stillwater United Methodist Church, 6911 Frederick Pike, Butler Twp. Sunday Oct. 16, 2016. (Jordyn Huffman/Staff)

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.

The Stillwater United Methodist Church will need some repairs after a member accidentally crashed her vehicle into the building Sunday morning.

Church member Randy Drewery said the 90-year-old woman accidentally got her walking cane stuck on the accelerator. The woman was whipped into the driver’s seat as the vehicle sped into the building. Drewery said she suffered some cuts and bruises but is OK.

Drewery said “God was with her,” because the woman was there later than she ordinarily would have arrived.

“We’re blessed it happened when it did,” he said. “If she had been in early, people would have been hit and there would have been more damage.”

The crash ruptured the car’s gas tank, causing a leak. Drewery said that’s the main reason why the morning service was held in a different part of the building.

We’re told Pastor John Ferguson plans to have a contractor look at the damage and estimate the repairs Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 10 a.m.

Sunday service at the Stillwater United Methodist Church had to be moved this morning after a vehicle crashed into the building.

The driver suffered minor injuries, and a Butler Twp. fire official tells us the area of the building where services are typically held, at 6911 Frederick Pike, sustained “significant structural damage” from the crash.

The congregation gathered in a different part of the building for this morning’s sermon.

We’re working to find out what led the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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EARLIER

Police and medics are arriving on the scene of a car crashed into a building in Butler Twp. Sunday morning.

Crews were dispatched around 9:02 a.m. on a report of a car into a church in the 6900 block of Frederick Pike.

Initial reports indicate only one person was in the car at the time of the crash.

It is unknown if anyone in the church was injured during the crash.

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more and will update this page with new information when available.

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