106-year-old Pelion church damaged after being struck by a car late Sunday
Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Main Street (US Hwy 178) in Pelion was struck and damaged by a vehicle Sunday night. The car skidded off Main, across the lawn, and into the church just before 10:00 p.m. The number of people in the vehicle hasn’t been released however, it didn’t appear as if anyone riding in it was seriously injured. No one was inside the church at the time of the crash.
The vehicle appeared to be travelling south toward Pine Street when the driver skidded, lost control, and knocked down the church’s small front sign. It pushed over at least one brick column it was mounted between in the process. It then went through some decorative shrubbery planted around the church and hit the building to the right of the its front door. It pushed in a part of a wall just under one of the larger stained-glass windows. Miraculously, the window didn’t seem to be damaged seriously all though some of its bottom portion appears to have been knocked inward. The wall will have to be assessed by a structural engineer as some building elements under the window may have been broken in the accident. If the window is broken, a professional who works with antique stained glass will have to check it to see if it can be repaired.
Holy Trinity is a quaint little church that was founded in September of 1913. It’s at the intersection of Mulberry and Main Streets in Pelion. Its exterior is still reminiscent of the era. It has the traditional bright red doors of a Lutheran Church and a bell tower above its entrance. The top of the tower has exquisite decorative woodwork reminiscent of another time. There is also a bell in a brick arch on the grounds of the church. It has a newer Fellowship Hall to one side of its property, but for the most part, its outward appearance takes you back to a period more than 100-years ago.
The cause of the collision hasn’t been released. That is being investigated by law enforcement.