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Car hits packed Florida church, 21 injured

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- 21 people are injured after a car slammed into a Florida church Sunday night.

The accident happened just before an Easter concert.  The driver told police her brakes failed when she was in the parking lot.

Fort Myers Police Lieutenant Victor Medico says authorities have treated the incident as an "unfortunate accident" and not a criminal act.

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FORT MYERS, Florida (WKOW) -- A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 18 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews.

Fort Myers Police Lieutenant Victor Medico says the Lexus sedan struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church around 8 p.m. Sunday, when there were about 200 people inside. 

The driver told police her car's brakes failed as she entered the parking lot.

Medico says authorities are treating the incident as a "very unfortunate accident rather than a criminal act."


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