Colonial Hills Baptist Church names victims killed in bus crash on Interstate 465

Pastor, pregnant wife killed in crash

INDIANAPOLIS - Colonial Hills Baptist Church identified the three victims who were killed in the bus crash on Interstate 465 near 96th Street and Keystone Avenue.

Chad and Courtney Phelps, and Tonya Weindorf were killed when the bus returning from a summer camp in Michigan overturned coming off I-465.

Officials said Courtney Phelps was pregnant with the couple's second child, and she was due in August. The couple's first child was not injured. 

Chad Phelps was the church's youth pastor and the son of the church's main pastor, Charles Phelps.

Weindorf, a mother of five, was a chaperone on the trip.

Witnesses said the bus was coming off of I-465 onto Keystone Ave., but didn't slow down.

"The light turned green for southbound traffic and then the bus just flew into my vision and flipped in an instant," said witness Carol Albright.

The driver, 68-year-old Dennis Mauer, said the brakes on the bus failed. Mauer is also a member of the church.

Investigators said on Sunday they had no new information in the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Dozens of other teens were injured in the Saturday afternoon crash.

As of Wednesday morning, two teens were still hospitalized at Riley Hospital for Children and Methodist Hospital -- both in good condition. Two additional patients were still at St. Vincent Hospital in fair condition.

The church posted a statement to its Facebook page following the crash.

Thank you all for your tremendous outpouring of love and strength stated here and in numerous other ways.Through your prayers and the power of the Holy Spirit, the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be magnified as His people find Him to be sufficient even now.

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