EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCommunity Leaning On Each Other After Clay Fatal Crash
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Videographer: Bill Oldani
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Aug. 7, 2013 10:35 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 8, 2013 9:07 AM EDT
Bentree , Clay County , West Virginia
While tragic, Wednesday's fatal accident is helping bring many in Clay County together.
A small community church in Bentree gathered for a planned revival service Wednesday night, but that service shifted its focus quickly to prayer and support for those involved in the early morning wreck that directly impacted 11 young lives. Two of the survivors who call Bentree CC their church home.
"It's a tight community and we just have a love for people," Bentree Community Church Pastor Michael Holcomb said.
That is a love that is deeply felt by Jonathan Brown's family. Their son, Cory Mays, is still in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
"I hate it for the family that lost the one, but you know, there's so much of a blessing I've seen today that God's taken care of these kids," Brown said.
The grief shared by so many in Clay County is heavy, and there were a lot of tears shed and tight hugs shared during the church service Wednesday. Those in Clay County are trusting in the support of each other and a higher power to get them through.
They prayed for physical and emotional healing for all those impacted by the tragic accident, mindful still that there are some serious lessons to learn from what happened.
Autum Nichols knows a few of the victims, and the accident's aftermath is already setting in with her.
"Just not to do what they do and to be safe about it, and not have more people in a vehicle than you're supposed to," Nichols said.
Brown said he hopes the crash serves as an even bigger wake up call for everyone.
"I hope the boys open their eyes and see life is very short," he said. "The Bible says life is but a vapor, and vapor's here today and gone tomorrow, and I hope these boys heed that call."
Brown and his wife said it was hard to leave Cory's bedside, but they thought there was no better place to be Wednesday evening than with their church family, to express thanks he survived, while praying for those still fighting for their lives and the family left in mourning.
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