BEDFORD—A pickup truck slammed into a church in Bedford on Friday, nearly striking the church’s pastor and opening a gaping hole in the building’s brick wall, police said.
No one was seriously injured in the collision at Longwood Avenue Baptist Church, though the driver of the truck was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, Bedford Chief of Police Todd Foreman said.
Police and firefighters responded to the collision shortly after 3 p.m., according to Bedford Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brad Creasey.
Foreman said the driver, who police declined to identify, ran off the right side of Longwood Avenue into Greenwood Cemetery before striking the building.
The Chevy pickup truck then barreled into the office of Pastor Ross Gilfillen, who was working on a Sunday sermon inside the office at the time of the crash.
Gilfillen said he narrowly avoided being hit by the truck as bricks tumbled from the walls and debris knocked into shelves.
“It all happened in a flash,” he said.
Gilfillen said he was unsure if the church would hold weekend services. County officials were working to determine if the collision compromised the structural integrity of the building.
In the meantime, Gilfillen said he is putting his thanks in God for keeping his congregation safe. Several other people were inside the church at the time of the collision, including children.
“The Lord protected us and watched over us,” he said. “We give him the glory and praise for his care for us. Life can be taken in a second and I think this should be a reminder to everybody that we’re not guaranteed another second or another day.”
Police said charges were pending against the driver.