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Girl, 17, wrote about faith shortly before crash

Girl, 17, wrote about faith shortly before crash
Posted at 9:58 AM, Jun 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 09:58:00-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Before she died in a bus crash outside Atlanta, an Alabama teen wrote in her journal that God had called her to a mission trip in Africa for a reason.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/2rIx44R) that 17-year-old Sarah Harmening's mother, Karen, fought through tears as she read her daughter's final journal entry.

Sarah was killed Thursday afternoon when a church bus carrying a group of young people prepared for the mission trip crashed. Police said the Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville was headed to the airport when it collided with another vehicle on a four-lane road.

In her journal, Sarah wrote that she was being reminded of why she was on her way to Africa, that "God called me here" for a reason. Her entry concluded: "So I know he's going to do incredible things."

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8:05 a.m.

Authorities have confirmed the name of a teenage girl killed when a church bus carrying Alabama high school students crashed near Atlanta as the group prepared to embark on a mission trip to Africa.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office early Friday said 17-year-old Sarah Harmening of Huntsville, Alabama, was killed in the crash. At least 10 others were injured.

Police said the Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville was headed to the airport Thursday afternoon when it collided with another vehicle on a four-lane road.

Television images from the scene showed the bus on its roof and another car underneath it.

The church asked people for prayers on its Facebook page.

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5:30 a.m.

Authorities say a church bus carrying Alabama high school students on their way to a mission trip in Africa crashed near Atlanta, killing one person and injuring several others.

Fulton County Police Cpl. Partrena Smith said the Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, was headed to the airport Thursday afternoon when it collided with another vehicle on a four-lane road. Dozens of high school students and adults were on board.

Images from the scene showed the bus on its roof and another car underneath it. The parkway where the crash occurred was completely closed and firetrucks and ambulances swarmed the area near Atlanta's airport.

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