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Arkansas Pastor’s Two Daughters Die After Train Crashes Into Family’s Truck: ‘We Are Devastated’

Last week, an Arkansas pastor and his family were involved in a car accident that killed two of his daughters and wounded him and his son.

A Union Pacific train collided with a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado that was crossing the rails in Clark County on Thursday.

The train struck the passenger side of the car as it traveled east on Richwoods Road in Arkadelphia just before 2 p.m. local time, according to media reports.

At the time, Pastor Chad Fryar and his three kids, who were two girls and one boy, were inside the van.

Chad’s children, Marlee Jo and Dana Kate, died, according to a Facebook post from CrossRoads Cowboy Church on Friday.

Dear church family, We are devasted by yesterday’s tragic events and the loss of Marlee Jo and Dana Kate. Chad and Bo…

Posted by CrossRoads Cowboy Church, El Paso, Arkansas on Friday, 26 May 2023

According to the church, the pastor and his son, Bo Henry, were hospitalized and have now stabilized.

They are heartbroken by the tragic events and the loss of Marlee Jo and Dana Kate, Pastor Ron Riddle of Crossroads Cowboy Church in El Paso, Arkansas, said in a Facebook post on Friday. Kindly continue to pray for their healing.

Chad and his wife Rachel were instrumental in the establishment of CrossRoads Cowboy Church in Bismark.

They have been with them from the start, and they regard them as family, Riddle said on Facebook. They have a strong faith in and understanding of God, and they believe this solid foundation will help them survive this challenging time.

According to the church, Chad has now been released from the hospital. His son had surgery on Thursday night, which went better than expected. He is being a trooper, wrote the church.

Fryar Family Update: Chad is in good spirits and being his normal self. Doctors are still discussing the length of his…

Posted by CrossRoads Cowboy Church Bismarck on Friday, 26 May 2023

The church said in an update on Monday that Chad and his kid are recovering and getting better every day.

The toughest days may still be ahead, so please keep them in your prayers, the church stated.

Meanwhile, the community is relying on their religion to get through this tough time.

Simply trust that God has bigger plans, things that they cannot see yet, Riddle said. He is going to put his faith in him.

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