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Lansford church van crashes into tree

A van from the Grace Community Church of Lansford crashed Wednesday morning on Spring Garden Street in Lansford. The crash occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. According to the church post on Facebook, the brakes gave out on the van and the driver struck numerous vehicles and poles while traveling several blocks.

He crossed E. Bertsch, Patterson (Route 209) and Ridge streets before crossing over E. Snyder Avenue where the van jumped over several large wooden barriers before cascading over a steep embankment head-on into a tree.

That tree stopped the van from rolling the embankment to several houses on E. Front street. Reports from the scene there were numerous vehicles involved with numerous injuries and fire.

Fire companies from Lansford and Summit Hill as well as numerous paramedic from Lehighton responded to the scene. Lansford police are investigating the incident.

The church reported everyone is OK.

COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS