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Church mourns 3 who died in crash; 1 had tie to N.H.

Indiana State Police investigators inspect the underside of a bus that crashed Saturday, July 27, 2013, on Indianapolis’ far north side while carrying teenagers returning from a summer camp in Michigan. Three people were killed and 26 others were taken to local hospitals following the crash, which occurred when the bus exited an interstate ramp and crashed into a concrete retaining wall. Investigators don’t yet know what caused the crash about a mile from its destination, Colonial Hills Baptist Church.  (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

Indiana State Police investigators inspect the underside of a bus that crashed Saturday, July 27, 2013, on Indianapolis’ far north side while carrying teenagers returning from a summer camp in Michigan. Three people were killed and 26 others were taken to local hospitals following the crash, which occurred when the bus exited an interstate ramp and crashed into a concrete retaining wall. Investigators don’t yet know what caused the crash about a mile from its destination, Colonial Hills Baptist Church. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

An Indianapolis church mourned their youth pastor, his pregnant wife and a congregation member yesterday after the three died when their bus returning from a northern Michigan camp overturned a mile from home.

Saturday’s accident devastated members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church, who had been anticipating a joyful homecoming with the 37 people aboard the bus. The crash killed youth pastor Chad Phelps; his pregnant piano-teacher wife, Courtney Phelps; and chaperone Tonya Weindorf, deacon Jeff Leffew said.

Chad Phelps was the son of the church’s senior pastor, Chuck Phelps, who used to lead the Trinity Baptist Church in Concord. Chad Phelps and his wife were both in their mid-20s, Leffew said, and were expecting their second child next month. Phelps had become youth pastor at Colonial Hills late last year, he said.

The crash, which happened Saturday afternoon near Interstate 465, injured dozens. Seven teens remained hospitalized yesterday, including one in critical condition.

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