Two men are grateful to be alive after a harrowing experience on the Ohio Turnpike in Newton Township Monday night.
The chassis of their food truck sits at a tow yard in Austintown. It was all workers could pull from the crash scene. The truck was mangled after a semi smashed into it, sending the crumpled body over the guardrail.
Kenny Bryant and Jordan Cole were inside just before the crash happened. They are both with the Montana-based Potters Field Ministry. Cole and Bryant, along with three others, were driving to Philadelphia when their truck broke down on the turnpike, near Baily Road.
While the others went to find a part, Bryant and Cole suddenly had a feeling they needed to get out of the truck. Both men say it was the Lord preparing them for what was coming.
“It was crazy because talking afterward we both realized that we knew that truck was going to get hit before it got hit,” Bryant said.
Then, the impact happened. Cole was pushed over the guardrail while Bryant was hit by debris. The semi’s windshield hung from a power line. Amazingly, no one was badly hurt.
The group is now heading on to Philadelphia and then to Florida, only now they don’t have a food truck.
“We’re gonna buy some tents. We’re gonna buy some grills. We’re gonna rent some fryers, and we’re just gonna make it happen,” Cole said.
The food truck was how the ministry raised money to sponsor needy children around the world. They’ve sold 300,000 burgers over the last two years. Today, they are finding strength in scripture to carry on.
“None of these things move me, nor do I count life dear to myself so that I may finish my race with joy,” Bryant said, reciting Acts 20:24 of the Bible.
A race they believe will carry them at least one more day.
“We are gonna watch the Lord provide for us a truck because we still gotta go to Florida,” Cole said.