Thursday, November 03, 2005

Please Pray for the Schrock Family

To all of my readers, I ask you to pray for Jeff and Carolyn Schrock who recently lost their 5 children in a wreck that almost took Jeff too. I am posting the local article as we received it by e-mail.
Five children die, father badly injured in north Spokane crash
Associated Press
Two pickup trucks collided head-on in the city's northern outskirts, leaving five young children from a Mennonite family dead and their father badly injured, authorities said.
Jeffrey B. Schrock and his children were in the extended cab of a southbound 1986 Ford F250 when it collided with a northbound 1999 Ford F250 which had crossed a grassy median and entered the southbound lanes of U.S. 395 about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Washington State Patrol report.
Carmen Joy Schrock, 12; Jana Louise Schrock, 10; Corina Jean Schrock, 8; Jerrill Burdiette Schrock, 5, and Creig Allen Schrock, 2 were pronounced dead at the scene.
"This may go down as the worst crash" in the Spokane area, patrol trooper Jeffrey M. Sevigney told The Spokesman-Review newspaper. "Nobody could remember one, at least in this area, in recent times that's been this bad."
Schrock, 38, co-owner of a furniture store in Chewelah, and Clifford L. Helm, 55, of Deer Park, driver of the newer pickup, were rushed to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Schrock was in serious condition early Wednesday after initially being listed as critical and Helm was in satisfactory condition, both after undergoing surgery.
Evening rush-hour traffic was detoured around the crash scene just north of North Hatch Road. Northbound lanes were reopened about 8:45 p.m. but southbound lanes remained closed a longer time.
Ralph Hooley, another member of the 12-family Mennonite community in Chewelah, about 45 miles north of Spokane, told the newspaper the family was going to meet Schrock's pregnant wife Carolyn, the children's mother and the other store co-owner, who had gone shopping in Spokane.
The crash shook windows in the area and horrified passers-by who tried to render aid.
"I thought it was like an earthquake," said Jayme Marquardt, who lives nearby.
"There were about 30 people all standing around with their jaws touching the ground," said Caleb Gilbert, a motorist who stopped soon after the crash.
Gilbert said two of the children still had pulses when he reached the Schrocks' pickup, including a girl who was conscious but struggling to breathe. He said he pulled a body off her, but she died soon afterward.
Cause of the crash remained undetermined. Sevigney said there was no immediate indication drugs or alcohol were involved.
"We're going to spare no expense in conducting an investigation," patrol Lt. Steven G. Turcott said.
According to an article in The Spokesman-Review in 1997, the Schrocks opened North Country Furniture after they and two other Mennonite families moved to Chewelah from Tangent, Ore.
"He has a shop there at his house where he makes furniture — tables and chairs and things like that," Hooley said.
Please pray for Mr. Helm and his family too.