The victims of a deadly car accident involving a pickup truck and a minibus full of elderly churchgoers have been identified.
Authorities say 20-year-old Jack Young was the driver who veered into oncoming traffic and collided head on with a minibus carrying 14 back from a three-day choir retreat.
The driver of the bus, 67-year-old Murray Barrett, and 11 of his passengers were killed at the scene. Another died after being taken from the hospital.
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Murray Barrett, 67 (left), was driving a bus full of churchgoers (including Addie Schmeltekopf, right) back from a retreat on Wednesday, when another driver hit them head on
Barrett and 12 of his passengers were killed, including 61-year-old Rhonda Allen (left) and 81-year-old Howard Allen (right)
Mildred Rosamond, 87 (left), and Sue Tysdal, 76 (right), also died in the car crash
Donna Hawkins, 69 (pictured), was another passengers in the church bus which was hit
Passenger Rose Marry Harris, 64, and the driver of the pickup truck, 20-year-old Jack Young, survived and are in stable condition at the hospital.
The names of the passengers who died are as follows: Howard Allen, 81; Rhonda Allen, 61; Harold Barber, 87; Margaret Barber, 82; Cristie Moore, 68; Donna Hawkins, 69; Avis Banks, 83; Mildred Rosamond, 87; Addie Schmeltekopf, 84; Sue Tysdal, 76; Martha Walker, 84; and Dorothy Fern Vulliet, 84.
Barrett was a semi-retired middle school math teacher and a married father-of-four.
One of his daughters, Jenn, remembered him in an emotional blog post.
'I can’t think about a wedding day without my dad to walk me down the aisle. I can’t think about grandkids that will never know their grandfather. I can’t think about Christmas or holidays that will be so much harder without my dad,' she wrote. >
Barrett and 11 passengers died at the scene while two were rushed to the hospital. One of the passengers later died. The driver of the pick-up truck was also hospitalized. The two survivors are reportedly in stable condition
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The parishioners were being brought back to New Braunfels after a three-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Camp in Leakey.
Their church, First Baptist New Braunfels, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that they were among elderly members who did not want to drive home so opted for the ride.
LIST OF VICTIMS
Murray Barrett, 67
Howard Allen, 81
Rhonda Allen, 61
Harold Barber, 87
Margaret Barber, 82
Cristie Moore, 68
Donna Hawkins, 69
Avis Banks, 83
Mildred Rosamond, 87
Addie Schmeltekopf, 84
Sue Tysdal, 76
Martha Walker, 84
Dorothy Fern Vulliet, 84
Rose Mary Harris, 64
Jack Dillon, 20
Others, who were not harmed, drove back to New Braunfels in their own cars.
The church was yet to receive specific details of the crash and its victims on Wednesday night.
'We're still waiting to hear an official statement from authorities. We're just grateful for everyone's support right now,' a church member said.
Earlier, it announced the horrifying news on Facebook.
'At approximately 12.30pm this afternoon, a group of our senior adults were returning home from a three-day retreat for singers 55 years and older at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment when their vehicle was involved in a head-on collision.
'We have heard that there have been fatalities, but we have not received any official details from the local authorities.
'We are ministering to family members to help them deal with this tragedy. Counselors will be on hand at the church tomorrow. If you're a Christian, you can pray for those who lost their loved ones and for the church family.'
The church canceled all its days events earlier in the day after being notified of the crash.
The 67-year-old father-of-four was driving 13 parishioners back from a three-day choir retreat. The semi-retired math teacher is pictured above with his wife Dianne and their children
The front of the bus and the truck became entirely merged in the horrifying crash
The crash happened on U.S. 83 outside Garner State Park, around 75 miles west of San Antonio, Texas at 2pm
Debris from the bus littered the highway and grassy banks which surrounded it afterwards
Emergency workers rushed to the crash site to try to save the victims
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4362658/Twelve-dead-Texas-church-bus-crash.html