Baby has been born following a deadly church van crash in Florida

A baby has been born following a horrific crash in Florida that killed seven people.

The woman, who was among several hurt in the fiery highway crash delivered a baby last night.  

The birth was announced in a Facebook post by the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church Omaha. 

The five children were travelling in a church van heading to Disney World near Gainesville, Florida.

Police say a car and an 18-wheeler collided, then plowed through the middle guardrail into oncoming traffic.

Two tractor trailer drivers were also killed.

Here is the Church's Facebook post:

Yesterday, January 3, 2019, a van load of people from our United Pentecostal Church in Marksville, Louisiana (pastor Eric Descant) were on their way to Orlando, Florida.

For some unknown reason, a large tractor-trailer truck crossed the median of I-75 near Gainesville, Florida and crashed into the church van. Sister Karen Descant, the pastor’s wife, and two other adult ladies were on board the van. In addition, nine children were also on the van. Sadly, five of those children did not survive the accident. Pastor Descant was not with them, but is at the hospital there in Gainesville with those who survived.

Sister Karen Descant has seven broken ribs, a broken collarbone, multiple bruises, cuts, etc. Pastor Descant’s words were, “She is pretty banged up. One of the ladies was pregnant. They delivered her baby last night, and the baby is going to be okay. She too is pretty “banged up”. The other lady is not as severely injured, but is still in the hospital. The four children all have injuries, but the medical staff feel that all of them will heal and recover.

One of the five children who died in the accident, was the granddaughter of Pastor Descant.

It is possible that many of you have already been made aware of the accident because it made national news. But, you may not have heard that it was our own people who were involved. Pastor Jimmy Toney (pastor in Gainsville) and his wife have been with our people almost the entire time since they were transported to the hospital. They and their church have been exceedingly kind in this horrific tragedy.

Please pray for the healing of those physical injuries. And, perhaps even more so, pray for that church family that has been so massively affected by this tragedy. Some of the children involved were Sunday School member of the Marksville church, but their parents were not involved in the church. Please pray that these parents will realize that in times like this, only God can be our Comforter.

~ Kevin Cox, Lousiana UPCI district superintendent.