Members of an Upland church scrapped their regular services Sunday and instead mourned the deaths of three teenagers and the wife of the church's youth director, killed Saturday in a fiery car crash while returning from a mission to a sister church.
Rebecca Vetterani, 28, a seminarian intern at First Presbyterian Church of Upland, died in the three-vehicle accident that shut down U.S. 395 west of Barstow for hours. Her husband, youth director Tom Vetterani, was severely burned and was in critical condition, church members said Sunday.
The victims included three teenagers whose names have not been released.
They had been friends since elementary school and had just completed their freshman year at Upland High School, said Monica Cadwalladerolsker, the former youth director of the 500-member church.
The van's other passengers, all teenagers, were injured, Cadwalladerolsker said. A coroner's news release said nine people were in the van.