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Pickup truck crashes into church debris

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The driver of a Ford F-250 pickup truck and his passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries after striking the concrete foundation and debris pile of a building in the process of being torn down Thursday at the intersection of Ogden Landing Road and Metropolis Lake Road.

On Thursday at approximately 8:55 p.m., McCracken sheriff's deputies responded at 8:55 p.m. to a report of a pickup that had struck the structural remains of Carneal Chapel. 

Deputies reported that Elbert A. Harris, 83, of Goreville, Ill., was driving his truck east on Ogden Landing Road.  Harris was in conversation with his passenger, James D. McKeller, 74, of Tunnel Hill, Ill., as he approached the intersection of Metropolis Lake Road.

Harris and McKeller had been fishing in the area and were unfamiliar with the roadways.  Harris failed to stop at the stop sign and proceeded across Metropolis Lake Road.  Harris then ran into the concrete foundation and a large pile of debris of what was formerly Carneal Chapel. 

Demolition of Carneal Chapel at 5916 Metropolis Lake Road had begun earlier that day and the building had been torn down. However, the concrete foundation was still in place as well as a large pile of debris that had not been removed. 

Both Harris and McKeller were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Deputies were assisted by Mercy Regional Ambulance Service and the West McCracken Fire Department.

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