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When a road crash in Indiana killed five people affiliated with Taylor University, the local community naturally mourned the tragedy. And while there were fortunately survivors of the appalling accident, their loved ones all had to wait anxiously to see whether their family members would pull through. That was the case with Laura Van Ryn’s relatives, as they faced a grueling period watching the young woman slowly recover from her injuries. When the student in the hospital bed finally came round, though, she had a shock in store – and it was one that made headlines all over the world.

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On the evening of April 26, 2006, five students and four university staff were traveling from Taylor University’s campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The former base was located about 55 miles north of Upland – the town where the Christian college has its main presence today.

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