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Three Killeen pastors die in rollover crash

Terry Whitley(L), Jan Whitley(C), Steve Timmerman(R) Terry Whitley(L), Jan Whitley(C), Steve Timmerman(R)
Terry Whitley Terry Whitley
Jan Whitley Jan Whitley

Three pastors from Killeen are dead after being involved in a rollover accident near Austin Thursday night. Pflugerville police say the accident happened on State Highway 130, near Highway 45.

A witness says the car was going north when their tire blew, and then rolled over into the southbound lanes. Police confirmed that one male passenger believed to be in his 60's was thrown from the vehicle, while a female passenger also in her 60's was pinned in the car.

Police later announced that both died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, believed to be in his 70's, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he also died.

Police did not confirm the names of the deceased, but many friends and parishioners of the Grace Christian Center did.

On their website and Facebook page the church acknowledged the passing of Senior Pastor Terry Whitley, his wife and Associate Pastor Jan Whitley, and Associate Pastor Steve Timmerman. Timmerman was also the Chaplain of the Killeen Fire Department.

Friends of the Whitleys say they were coming back from a missionary trip in Bulgaria, and Timmerman went to pick them up from the airport.

The Grace Christian Center released a statement overnight, it says, "It is with the deepest sorrow that we have to announce the passing of Pastors Terry, Jan and Pastor Steve.....we ask that you keep both families in prayer during this difficult time."

Terry and Jan Whitley left behind a son and daughter, and Timmerman left behind a wife and kids. Memorial service information is not available at this time.

After the accident, Mayor Dan Corbin ordered all city flags in Killeen be lowered to half-staff. 

"The City of Killeen is greatly saddened by the loss of Chaplain Timmerman, who was a valuable member of our fire department for more than a decade," said Mayor Corbin. "As a mark of respect, I have ordered City of Killeen flags to half-staff."

"On behalf of the City of Killeen, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and congregation of Pastor Timmerman and Pastors Terry and Jan Whitley," the mayor said.

City flags will remain at half-staff until sunrise on the day following the funeral.

The church will be open Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m., but all other groups and events have been canceled.

Police are still investigating the accident.

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