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Semi-truck crashes into Kentucky church building

A church building near Glasgow, Ky., suffers major damage after truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, investigators say.

A semi-truck heading westbound on Kentucky Route 90 recently crashed into the Refuge Church of Christ in Eighty Eight, Ky., causing major damage.

The driver, Phil Chaplin, fell asleep at the wheel, causing the truck to drift off the road before striking the front of the church building, authorities reported.


The collision, which occurred at 5:19 a.m. Jan. 21, destroyed the front porch and damaged the front wall. Chaplin suffered minor injuries.

Wednesday church services were canceled the following evening because of the damage, according to a Facebook post by member Hollis Meredith. The 140-member congregation worshiped Sunday in its annex building.

An official assessed the damage and deemed the building unusable for at least two more weeks, said Dick Lee, a Refuge church elder.

Until the main building is restored, the church will try to adapt the annex building for worship services, Lee said.

“Thankfully, no one was hurt seriously,” he said. “But it looks like we’re going to have to deal with this for a while.” 


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