Church dedicates new bus nearly 2 years after fatal crash

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 12th, 2015) — A church hit by tragedy nearly two years ago continues their recovery process on Sunday.

Colonial Hills Baptist Church will dedicate a new bus in honor of the victims who lost their lives in a crash on July 27th, 2013. It happened near the intersection of I-465 and Keystone as people on board were heading back from church camp.

The crash claimed the lives of Tanya Weindorf, Youth Pastor Chad Phelps, his wife Courtney and their unborn child.

Other teens on board were injured in the crash and the bus was a total loss. The driver did not face criminal charges.

A year after the crash, church members continued their healing process on “Remembrance Day, ” selling wristbands in memory of the victims and raising funds for a new bus.

Church members say donations poured-in from around the country, adding up to about $60,000. The new bus is completely paid for.

On Sunday, Colonial Hills Baptist Church will host an “open-bus” event and dedication. The bus will be open for public viewing after the morning service around 12:15 p.m. at the church, 8140 Union Chapel Road, Indianapolis.