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Salvation Army van totaled following vehicle accident

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Just four months after vandals damaged the bus used for food deliveries by the Salvation Army of Rowan County, the organization has a new transportation problem.

The van used for transporting volunteers and everyday errands was involved in a minor vehicle collision and is now totaled.

Capt. Bobby Carr said the crash occurred Thursday while volunteers were being dropped off at their Red Kettle campaign locations.

“We are down to one vehicle,” Carr said. “We ask that people pray for us. It was just something that happened. Everybody was OK.”

The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. at Old Wilkesboro Road and Grim Street. No charges were filed, but a Salisbury police official said the driver failed to yield the right of way. Both parties exchanged insurance information.

Carr said the Salvation Army is using a rental van until the insurance claim is settled, but long-term it will need a van.

He said the value of the now totaled van won’t be enough to cover the cost of a new van.

In July, vandals damaged the Salvation Army bus. Carr said the bus can’t be used for errands or around town. It’s only for food deliveries and for taking teenagers to weekend camps at the Salvation Army camp in Davidson County.

The bus sustained damage to windows, electrical wires and panels, the radiator and the steering column.

Profanity also was written on the inside walls of the bus.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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