published Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Truck crashes into wall of northwest AL church

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    Firefighters climb out of huge hole caused by flat bed tractor and trailer that crashed into he side of the First Baptist Church in Center Star, Ala., on Monday, pinning the driver inside.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CENTER STAR, Ala. — Services at a church in northern Alabama have temporarily been relocated after a flatbed truck crashed through one of its walls.

First Baptist Church of Center Star Pastor Ronny Jones tells the TimesDaily of Florence that about 100 preschool children had been picked up from the church about 45 minutes before the truck hit the building Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Emergency workers erected temporary structures to keep the damaged portion of the building from collapsing while authorities inspect it. The building has been condemned by the Alabama fire marshal pending an inspection by a structural engineer.

Jones says the church will temporarily hold services in the church's family life center.

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