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13 Killed in Church Group Bus Crash Near Garner State Park


A bus carrying a senior church group collided with a pickup truck outside Garner State Park on Wednesday, killing 13 people.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the wreck, on the two-lane highway U.S. 83 north of Uvalde, occurred when the driver of a Dodge pickup crossed the center lane at a bend in the road. He then collided head-on with the church bus.

The First Baptist Church in New Braunfels says the passengers on that bus were "a group of our senior adults" who were coming back from a 3-day retreat at a camp near the Frio River. DPS officials say the driver of the pickup was taken to University Hospital, where he was in stable condition as of Wednesday night (officials haven't yet released his name).

The Express-News reports that the driver of the bus, a semi-retired math teacher named Murray Barrett, was one of 13 killed in the wreck. The National Transportation Safety Board says it's now investigating the crash.

First Baptist put out a statement Wednesday night saying, "It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that thirteen of the fourteen passengers in today’s bus accident were called home to Jesus." The church says the lone survivor is "in serious but stable condition."

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