Three people from Bronx church killed in van crash near Niagara Falls
Three people from the Gospel Assembly Church in Williamsbridge were killed when their van crashed near Niagara Falls Sunday night.
Officials say the group was traveling home from a religious event at their sister parish in Toronto. At least a dozen passengers were in the van. Bronx parishioners say the victims are Deacon Roy Williams, Selma Shakespeare, and Maggie Henry. Two other passengers, including church Pastor Lloyd Blake, were critically injured. The other passengers suffered from minor injuries.
According to Thomas Garlock, the general manager of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the van was approaching a plaza near the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on Highway 405 when it struck a median, rolled over and burst into flames. Officials say the cause of the accident may have been due to faulty brakes and a tire blowout.
A memorial service is planned for the victims of the crash. The Gospel Assembly Church is located at 3821 Bronxwood Avenue and has approximately 200 congregants.