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Front Street Baptist pastor returns to Statesville after deadly crash

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STATESVILLE, N.C.—The senior pastor of Font Street Baptist Church is home in Statesville.

He spent the past few days in Tennessee, where many of his members are in the hospital after Wednesday's deadly bus crash.

Pastor Tim Stutts spoke to media Friday afternoon outside the church.

Stutts thanked everyone in the community for their support in this difficult time.

Volunteers from neighboring churches have been at the church Friday offering their help, as well as people with the Red Cross and North Carolina Baptist Men.

Six Front Street Baptist Church members were killed Wednesday afternoon when a front tire on their church bus blew, sending it into oncoming traffic on Interstate 40. The bus hit an SUV and a tractor trailer, killing one person in the car and the driver of the tractor trailer.

Eleven church members are still hospitalized at UT Medical Center, but Stutts said he thought it was important to come back to Statesville Thursday night.

Stutts said none of the injured members have declined in the hospital, they've only seen improvements. But UT Medical Center said four are in serious condition, two in critical and five are stable. One was discharged.

The pastor said he hopes to have biographies on all the victims up on the church's website today to give people a better idea of who they are.

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