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June 23rd, 2011

A van full of church members heading home from a Bible class veered off a
northeast Louisiana highway and hit a culvert, killing two adults and two
children and sending seven others to a hospital, authorities said Thursday.

The van crashed Wednesday night on Louisiana Highway 587 in West Carroll
Parish, said Louisiana State Police Trooper Mark Dennis. The van’s driver,
30-year-old Joey W. McKan, and one other person were hospitalized with
life-threatening injuries.

Portia Thornton, 53, died at the scene along with two of her daughters,
Kaitlyn Thornton, 19, and Brittany Thornton, 12. Emma Adams, 4, also was

The van belonged to the New Zion Baptist Church, about eight miles outside
Oak Grove, said Kenneth Green, chief deputy of the West Carroll Parish Sheriff’s
Department. About 11,000 people live in West Carroll Parish.

“It’s just a little country church,” Green said. “They were taking people
home from Bible school at the church.”

Kelly Coleman, the vice president of the Guarantee Bank and Trust in Oak
Grove, was at his church about 200 yards from the crash site when it happened.
He said he heard the crash and quickly drove to the scene after getting a phone
call from a friend.

“When I saw how bad it was I drove back to church and told them to start
praying,” Coleman said. “Then I got my wife, who has nursing experience, and
went back.”

The 15-passenger van vaulted the ditch and hit the culvert, and the rear end
of the van flipped over the front before it came to rest on its wheels, Coleman

Coleman, who said he knew Portia Thornton personally, said another of
Thornton’s daughters and a son, 20-year-old Jake Thornton also were in the van.
The State Police did not release the names of two 16-year-olds and a male whose
age had not been determined, saying the department would not identify juvenile

Aaron Coats, 21, and a 6-year-old were among the injured passengers who were
taken to hospitals from Monroe to Jackson, Miss.

The accident remains under investigation. The cause was unclear, and there
was no indication the van was speeding, Dennis said. Routine toxicology tests
were pending, though drugs and alcohol also were not suspected.

Sheriff Jerry Philley said the van wrecked on a stretch of road that was
straight and flat.

Calls to the church went unanswered Thursday morning. The pastor, Greg Dunn,
did not immediately return a call.

Coleman said the wreck had stunned the small community but had also pulled
residents together.

“I’m pleased to tell you that we live in the Bible belt,” he said. “I believe
we have more churches per square mile than any other parish, and they are
already offering assistance and planning services.”

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9


Joey McKan

1657 43215       34


his path of destiny = 34 = Driver.  Driving.  Van.  Crash.


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