Three teens remain hospitalized following deadly church bus crash

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Two teenagers who were hospitalized after their church bus overturned on the northeast side over the weekend continue to recover at IU Health hospitals Tuesday morning.

One of the patients is at IU Health Methodist Hospital and another is being treated at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Both are listed in good condition.

Three people were killed and dozens were injured after a Colonial Hills Baptist Church bus overturned on its side at 96th Street and Keystone Avenue around 4 p.m. Saturday. A majority of the passengers aboard the bus were teenagers returning from a church retreat in Michigan.

Youth Pastor Chad Phelps, his wife Courtney and their unborn child were killed in the accident. The couple leaves behind a 2-year-old son. Church member, Tonya Weindorf, also lost her life in the crash.

Witnesses told police the bus was moving at high speed as it exited from the interstate onto southbound Keystone Avenue. The bus hit a concrete median, sending it airborne before flipping it over.

The 68-year-old driver told officers at the scene the brakes had failed. If that is the case, investigators should know soon.

A YouCaring fundraiser has been created to support the Phelps’ 2-year-old son, Chase.  A fundraising page has also been set up for Weindorf.

Colonial Hills Baptist church is also accepting donations.

Checks should be mailed to:
Colonial Hills Baptist Church
ATTN: Bus Accident Relief Fund
8140 Union Chapel Road
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Please make checks payable to Colonial Hills Baptist Church with “Bus Accident Relief Fund” in the memo line. Those wishing to donate can also specify which person they would like the money to be distributed to.

Visitation for the Phelps will be held Friday, Aug. 2 from 3-7 p.m. A funeral will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. Both services will be held at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.

Visitation for Tonya Weindorf will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 from 3-7 p.m. A funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Both services will also be held at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.

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