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2 children in critical condition after church bus crash in the US

by Kelly Valencia

At least two children remain in hospital in a critical condition after a church bus collided with a vehicle in the US state of Tennessee. 

According to local media KAIT8, the Union City First United Pentecostal Church's van was traveling to Doniphan, Missouri, for a float trip on the Current River when the accident happened on Saturday. 

All eleven children travelling in the van were hospitalised and later released apart from two who remained in a critical but stable condition. 

A church representative told The Christian Post: "Right now the only thing that we are releasing is that we are thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers concerning the accident. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support but we do ask that they respect the privacy and rights of the families involved as they heal and recover."

The accident took place just hours before another crash happened in neighbouring state Alabama that left nine children and one adult killed, eight of which were from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, a Christian foster home. 

The children, believed to be between eight and 17 years old, were in a bus returning from a week's holiday in Gulf springs. Two remaining victims, one adult and his nine-month-old baby, died in a separate car. 

In a statement, the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches, which manages the Christian foster home, said: "Our hearts are so heavy today. Our Ranch family has suffered a great loss.

"This morning, I have been thinking about how we do not always understand the reason things happen. However, we will continue to hold on to our God for peace and comfort as our hearts continue to break. Please continue to pray for us as we navigate this difficult time."

A gofundme page has raised almost $500,000 (£350,000) to help cover funeral costs and medical bills. 

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