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    Plywood covers the hole in First United Methodist Church of Callahan’s front wall. Glass near the front door and stained glass inside the vestibule will also need repaired.

Crashes claim man, damage church entry

A Hilliard man died in single-vehicle crash Oct. 25 and a church was damaged in a separate accident the same night. 

Wayne Thornton, 50, was driving a 2000 Ford F-250 westbound on County Road 108 near Owens Farm Road when the truck traveled off the right side of the highway and struck a tree just after 8 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. 

Thornton died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the press release. Toxicology reports are pending.

First United Methodist Church of Callahan was heavily damaged by a two-vehicle crash Friday evening.

According to an eyewitness and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office dispatch narrative, a Ford pickup truck ran the stop sign at Booth Street and U.S. 301 around 11 p.m., causing a black Dodge Dart to strike it. The car came to a stop between FUMC and Callahan Elementary while the truck collided with the church entryway, causing extensive damage and affecting the structural integrity of the wall. 

Neither driver suffered major injuries in the crash. FHP worked the crash, but did not provide its report by press time.

Nassau County Record

Nassau County Record
P.O. Box 609
Callahan, FL 32011

Physical Address
617317 Brandies Avenue
Callahan, FL 32011

Phone: (904) 879-2727
Fax: (904) 879-5155