1 person dead, 4 LDS missionaries injured in New Caledonia car crash

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NEW CALEDONIA, Feb. 17, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Four missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were injured in a car crash on the island of New Caledonia that killed at least one person in the other vehicle.

A statement from Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff Sunday morning said the crash happened Saturday on the island in the South Pacific.

The missionaries, from the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission, are Utah Elder Gordon Kimball from Bluffdale; Elder Jacob Hable from Jakarta, Indonesia; Elder Jérémie Champoux from Drummondville, Canada; and Elder Atepa Temaiana from Mo’orea, French Polynesia.

All four missionaries sustained injuries but are expected to recover.

The second vehicle involved was carrying three people, at least one of whom passed away as a result of the collision, officials said.

“We invite people of faith everywhere to pray for all those involved in this accident, particularly for the family and loved ones of the individual who passed away,” the statement said.

No other details of the crash were given.


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