Hundreds of mourners wait in line to attend the funeral for the Esh family in Marrowbone, Ky., Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The family was killed in a head-on interstate crash on March 26
Updated: Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010, 3:29 PM EDT
MARROWBONE, Ky. (AP) - More than 3,000 mourners traveled by the busload to a funeral for nine Mennonites killed when a tractor-trailer struck a van in south-central Kentucky.
A former warehouse became a church Tuesday in Marrowbone during a memorial service for John and Sadie Esh as well as six other family members and the fiancee of one of their daughters.
The family's pastor, Leroy Kauffman, urged the crowd to trust in God. He says he has faith the family did that when they saw the headlights of the tractor-trailer on Interstate 65 on Friday morning as they traveled to Iowa for a wedding.
Most of those in attendance were Mennonites. Women were wearing long black dresses with white bonnets and the men had on black suits without ties.