Colonial Hills raises money for new bus after deadly crash

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s been nearly a year since a deadly bus crash took the lives of three adults and an unborn child. Now, Colonial Hills Baptist Church is hoping to raise enough money to buy a new bus.

On Saturday afternoon, the church hosted a fundraiser, shredding people’s personal documents and hard drives in exchange for a donation to The Chad/Courtney-Bus Fund. 

Church leaders say the community has rallied around the church over the past year and events like Saturday’s fundraiser help make the healing process a little easier.

“It hasn’t been easy and it’s not something that we would wish on anybody, but we’ve seen the footprints of God in this over and His blessings and His grace and His provision,” said deacon Rob Moritz, whose children were on the bus.

Several children who were on the bus attended the fundraiser. Michael Elkins was in the hospital for weeks after the crash, but says the youth group and church has become closer since the wreck.

“I was in the youth group after the accident, it was just really encouraging. It was a lot of encouragement that went around all of the other people. It is difficult sometimes, just remembering the accident and losing our youth pastor. I know that he’s in heaven now and he’s in a much better place than we are,” said Elkins.

Elkins and his father dropped off papers to be destroyed.

“We’ve seen some real miracles being done in this last year.The outpouring of love and support that we’ve seen even in events like this have just been a continued encouragement to our church as it goes through this whole year of healing,” said Daniel Elkins.

Mortiz said the travel bus could cost around $100,000.

“There’s a ways to go and hopefully this will be another stepping stone toward getting that happening,” said Mortiz.

Colonial Hills Baptist Church will host a remembrance service on July 27, the one-year mark since the crash. The public is welcome to attend. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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