Leaders of two Houston churches serving Vietnamese Catholics called on their faith in God to help parishioners with the tragedy of an early-morning bus crash that killed 14 people and left many more injured. A charter bus carrying church members en route to a pilgrimage left an overpass near Sherman, Texas, possibly as the result of a tire blowout.
The bus crashed to the pavement below, breaking apart. Even seasoned police officers who arrived first on the scene were affected by the event, and distressed by their inability to provide comforting words to survivors, who spoke Vietnamese.
The Associated Press reported 12 people died at the scene and two additional passengers died later at a local hospital.
The bus had been chartered by members of two Houston churches who were traveling to Carthage, Mo., site of an annual gathering of Vietnamese Catholics known as Marian Days.
A New York Times report quoted Father Dominic Trinh of Our Lady of Lavang in Houston, who lost three members of his church family in the crash, as saying, “Anything that happen is God’s providence. We must trust in God and put the people in God’s hand. And pray, just pray for them.”
The accident currently is under investigation. The bus was chartered from Angel Tours. The Houston Chronicle reported the company had been fined for various violations in the past three years.
We join Father Trinh in prayer for the victims of this terrible tragedy.