CLEVELAND- A sheriff’s van flipped and landed inches from a Cleveland church in a crash Tuesday morning.
Police said a woman ran a red light and hit the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s van at the intersection of Scranton Road and Clark Avenue. The van rolled and came to a rest two inches from the steps of St. Michael the Archangel Parish.
Two deputies walked away from the crash, but were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for observation. The driver of the SUV also suffered minor injuries.
“Had it rolled one more time, the gas tank could’ve been punctured by that railing that sits there so pretty miraculous they were able to stop inches short of the building and make it out safely,” said Lt. Miquel Caraballo with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators pointed out that a Bible was inside the van and somehow landed on top of it in the crash. They are crediting seatbelts, and perhaps some divine intervention, for keeping the deputies safe.
St. Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of police, paratroopers and mariners.