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'I need to get these people out': Man sprung into action to save victims in St. Lucie crash

Wreck ocurred west of Rock Road and Orange Avenue
Posted at 11:37 AM, Jun 17, 2024

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — Eight people injured in a head-on collision Sunday in St. Lucie County will recover.

A man who was getting ready for church services sprang into action when he heard the crash.

“I saw the flame and I saw the kids and I just thought, I think I need to get these people out," said witness Tony Farfan.

Farfan had just arrived for Sunday evening services at Treasure Coast Baptist Church when he saw two vans collide head-on on Orange Avenue. St. Lucie County Fire Rescue confirmed the wreck happened at 4:29 p.m. Air rescue was called to the scene.

“I was parked at the entrance and saw everything happen," said Farfan.

Tony Farfan witnessed the SLC head-on collision
Tony Farfan says he'd just arrived for evening services at Treasure Coast Baptist Church when he saw the crash happen.

Rick Palma is the pastor at Treasure Coast Baptist. He said the injured were not part of his congregation, but he believed the driver was a pastor at another church.

“It looked like a gruesome scene to be honest with you," said Palma.

As first responders worked on the patients, the pastor and his congregation went down the street to pray for the best outcome for those involved.

“We went to the back of the Wawa, in the field there, we had over a hundred people just gather together,” said Palma.

Pastor Rick Palma witnessed SLC collision
Pastor Rick Palma and members of his congregation prayed for the injured.

He was thrilled to hear none of the injuries were serious.

“It was pretty surreal to have a helicopter land in our parking lot," Palma said. "Whether we could have services or not, we were able to help out in any way possible."

”It was so quick," said Farfan, "paramedics got there so quick, they were able to treat everyone."

Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash and we're awaiting news of any potential charges.