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FORT WORTH -- An SUV plowed through a well-known Cambodian church late Wednesday morning, leaving one man in the hospital.

The vehicle smashed through the wall of the Cambodian Baptist Church of Fort Worth in the 3300 block of Cleburne Rd. at about 11:30 a.m. But the real story, according to Pastor Chhoeun Chhorn, was the close call for the church's elderly caretaker.

The gray GMC Yukon broke through the wall of the church, plowed through the caretaker's bedroom, and continued through the building until it hit the wall on the opposite side.

Fortunately, the man was out with a friend getting donuts.

'I'm so glad he is alive,' Chhorn said. 'That is amazing.'

According to fire fighters at the scene, the man driving the Yukon suffered a seizure before hitting the church. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital and was later released.

Chhorn said the church could have up to $20,000 worth of damage.

The truck ended up lodged near the pulpit of the church, about 50 yards off the intersection of Benbrook Boulevard and Cleburne Road.

More than 100 members regularly attend services at the church each Sunday.

Chhorn said the structure itself appear to be holding, but that insurance adjusters would be coming by to figure out if extensive repairs are needed.

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