MACON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - State troopers are investigating a crash involving a Montgomery church van that injured ten people, including the teenage son of Alabama Attorney General Troy King.
Troopers tell WSFA 12 News the crash happened around 9:45 a.m. Saturday near the Shorter exit. Jay Wolf, pastor of Montgomery's First Baptist Church, said 12 teenagers and a minister were headed to an event at Lake Martin when a tire on a van from church blew out, causing the van to roll several times before coming to a stop on the other side of the interstate.
"We thank God for what did not happen," Wolf said. "We feel like God intervened and in that split second, we feel like God suspended natural laws and did something extraordinary."
Of the 13 in the van, nine teenagers and the minister were hurt and were taken to Baptist Hospital in Montgomery for treatment. Authorities on the scene said the victims did not have life threatening injuries. However, church members at the hospital told WSFA one of the young men injured in the crash was in a drug-induced coma Saturday afternoon.
Attorney General Troy King's 13-year-old son, Briggs King, was one of the passengers on the van. Authorities said he has lacerations on his face and legs and one confirmed broken arm.
Hobson Roberts was one of the passengers in the van. He says everyone held on for their lives.
"It seemed like everything slowed down at that point," Roberts said. "We rolled about three time over into the other side of I-85."
Brad Coker was driving behind the church van when the tire blew out.
"He starts swerving, trying to correct, and he hits the median," Coker said. "It rolls a couple of times and you see kids flying out of the windows, and you're thinking, 'Oh my gosh, what's happening here?'"
Interstate 85 was closed in both directions while choppers landed to take victims to the hospital.