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Posted on Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 12:40 p.m.

Car crashes into church on slippery street

By Cindy Heflin


A & R Total Construction Co. employees clear debris from Ypsilanti Community Church after a car struck the side of the building Saturday.

Daniel J. Brenner |

A car crashed into a church in Ypsilanti Saturday, knocking out a wall of the building and heavily damaging the vehicle, firefighters said.


Debris litters the floor of the Ypsilanti Community Church after a car crashed into the building Saturday.

Daniel J. Brenner |

The car, traveling on snow-covered South Prospect Street, slid into the Ypsilanti Community Church at 333 S. Prospect about 11:30 a.m., said Ypsilanti Fire Capt. Dan Cain.

The man driving the car, a Saturn, was not hurt, but the impact broke a gas meter, allowing natural gas to leak into the building, Cain said.

Firefighters shut off the gas, and DTE came to the church to make repairs.

Cain said there was a gaping hole in the building.

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Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 2:21 p.m.

It could be a Sign. What is She saying?


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 9:02 p.m.

If something bad happens to a place of worship of a different faith, it's a sign from God. If it happens to a place of worship of one's own faith, it's an attack of the devil.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 5:04 a.m.

Viva, the car!

An Arborigine

Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 6:27 p.m.

The question remains, what was the church doing on the slippery street? Kids, let this be a lesson, do not operate your churches in inclement conditions and never leave your church running unattended.

Steven Taylor

Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 1:45 a.m.

Please do not praise while your vehicle is in motion. Keep both hands on your church at all times.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 1:22 a.m.

I'm a "true believer" that you need to equip your church with snow tires or at least four-season radials this time of year.