Four LDS missionaries injured in crash that killed two people in Idaho

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(KUTV)- Four missionaries serving in the Utah Logan Mission were involved in a serious automobile accident Wednesday afternoon on Highway 91 near Preston, Idaho.

Officials say all four missionaries survived and are expected to recover, but two elderly people were killed in the crash.

According to Idaho state police, L. Max Richards, 83, and Phyllis Richards, 80, of Franklin were heading southbound on US-91 in a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Idaho police say Richards started to make a left turn onto Cub River Road, passing in front of the Ford. The Ford struck the Jeep on the passenger side, and both Max and Phyllis Richards suffered fatal injuries.

"Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones at this tragic time," a church spokesman stated.

The following missionaries were involved:

  • Elder Charly Sistrunk, age 67, and his wife, Sister Debra Owens Sistrunk, age 62, both from Preston, Idaho
  • Elder Elijah Wall, age 19, from Kentucky
  • Elder William Wilson, age 18, from Kentucky

The four missionaries were transported to Franklin County Medical Center by ground ambulance, and Debra Sistrunk was later transported to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello by air ambulance.

"We pray that all those impacted by this accident will feel the comfort and the sustaining power of the Spirit in the days ahead," church spokesman said.

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