Church van crash kills three near Altus

ALTUS-- Three members of the Altus First Baptist Church were killed late Sunday night following a van crash just outside of Altus on Highway 62. The highway patrol says the van was heading westbound when it ran off the road and rolled about two times.

Macio Nicocasa and Herazo Francisca-Ayala of Altus and Maria Silva of Edinburg, Texas died in the wreck.  OHP says they were all thrown from the van.

Three more people were rushed to the hospital and remain in critical condition.

Pastor Jeff Moore says the church members were returning from a Hispanic church mission conference in Oklahoma City.  He says pastor Carlos Moreno was one of the injured on the bus. He was later flown by helicopter to an Oklahoma City hospital.

OHP is still investigating the cause of the crash.  Count on 7 News to continue following this developing story.