Car hits packed US church, 20 hurt

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Fort Myers - Authorities say a driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through several pews, injuring about 20 people.

Fort Myers police Lieutenant Victor Medico says the car struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church on Sunday night. He says the driver said the car malfunctioned and that it may have been the brakes.

Medico says about 200 people were inside the church and that people had to be pulled from underneath the car.

The News-Press reports that Lee Memorial health System spokeswoman Mary Biggs says 18 people were taken to Lee County hospitals, including four trauma patients.

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