At least 13 people have been killed and several others injured when a church bus carrying senior worshippers from a Bible camp collided head-on with a truck in rural Texas, authorities said.
The Wednesday crash involved a small bus from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels and a pickup truck, officials said. All of the fatalities occurred on the bus, according to authorities.
There were 14 people in the bus and one person in the truck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Highway 83 in Uvalde County was closed for several hours as investigators combed the scene. There was no immediate word on how the accident occurred.
On its Facebook site, church leaders asked for prayers and support.
“We have received word that the bus carrying our senior adults back from their retreat was involved in an accident,” the post by church leaders read. "We understand there have been some fatalities … The Sanctuary will be open this evening for prayer and support. Please be in prayer for all involved."
The National Transportation Safety Board had a team of investigators on the scene, KSAT-TV reported.
Speaking on behalf of his own family, Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave his condolences to families of the victims.
"We are saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to all those affected. We thank the first responders working on the scene in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, and ask that all Texans join us in offering their thoughts and prayers," he wrote.