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Car crashes into East Franklin church, Sunday services canceled

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Police say a patch of black ice caused a driver to lose control of her car and crash into the front of the Furnace Run Chapel on Montgomery Road in East Franklin at about 7 a.m. Friday. The driver, Gina Roncher, 16, pictured with her father, Louis, at left, was not injured. Sunday service will be canceled this week.

A driver lost control of her car on icy roads and slammed into the front of Furnace Run Chapel in East Franklin on Friday morning.

East Franklin police Sgt. Bill Evans said the 16-year-old driver, Gina Roncher of Kittanning, was not injured.

The Rev. Jimmy Edwards and his wife, Jo Anna, surveyed the splintered wood and buckled white siding at the front entrance of the 100-year-old nondenominational church at 154 Montgomery Road after the crash.

“It’s a little bit of a mess,” said Jo Anna. “We’re canceling Sunday service for the safety of our people.”

Roncher was heading west on Montgomery Road in her father’s 1998 Buick Century and lost control when the car hit a patch of black ice on a curve, Evans said. The car traveled across the church lawn and crashed into the vestibule of the building.

“Things happen. That’s life. It’s a blessing she didn’t get hurt,” Pastor Edwards said. “We’re hoping to be able to hold services next week.”

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or [email protected].

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