The French gendarmerie announced that three people were injured on Sunday morning when a car stormed a church in the center of the country after its eighty drivers got mixed up and pressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal.
The gendarmerie said that the accident occurred just before the start of Sunday mass, indicating that one of the wounded was injured while he was in the churchyard, while the other two were injured while they were inside.
He added that two of the wounded were lightly injured, but the third, a young boy, was taken to Moline Hospital on suspicion of suffering a concussion.
According to the parish priest, the boy was discharged from the hospital with a broken collarbone.
Father Jean Bosco Akogo said, “God saved us. The whole gate was destroyed, and the pillars fell. Fortunately, there were not many people inside the church. Otherwise, these pillars would have crushed a number of them.”
According to the gendarmerie, the accident occurred because of the 84-year-old driver, who “got confused and pressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal.”
In fact, rescue teams initially thought the church was undergoing a terrorist attack.
One of the rescuers said, “People called us to say that a car had entered the church and that there were gunshots,” before it became clear that this sound was caused by the destruction of the wooden chairs one after the other after the car crushed them.
According to the gendarmerie, “Fortunately, the church gate was half-open, forcing the car to turn left and collide with a pillar. Otherwise it would have gone to the middle lane,” and the death toll would have been tragic.
The accident took place in the “Centrée de Desis” church, built according to the Romanian architectural style and classified as a historical landmark.
The town’s population is about five thousand, and when the accident occurred, there were about 30 people at the place.
The gendarmerie arrested the 80th driver for questioning, and the investigation is still underway.