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Truck crashes into 106-year-old Huntington Beach church

June 5, 2012 |  3:24 pm

A driver was injured Tuesday morning when his pickup truck crashed into a 106-year-old Huntington Beach church, according to police and fire officials.

The crash occurred about 10:20 a.m. at Warner Avenue Baptist Church, 7360 Warner Ave., according to Capt. Jeff Lopez of the Huntington Beach Fire Department.

The Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team extricated the driver from the vehicle and took him to a hospital with "significant injuries," according to Lopez.

He said it appeared that the truck had spun around and struck the church, but it is unclear why, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.

The truck smashed through a post and ended up in the entryway of the church. The Fire Department put up a makeshift post for stability, Lopez said.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, according to Huntington Beach Police Lt. Mitch O'Brien.

Steve Orman, the church's pastor, said he was in his office at the time of the crash.

"I heard it," he said. "It was a very loud bang."

This was the third time in 26 years that a car has crashed into the church, probably because it's so close to the curb, he said.

Until the damage is repaired, church services will probably be held in the back building, Orman said. The weekly congregation numbers about 100 to 120 people.


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