Mysterious priest performs miracle at site of Mercedes crash

You have to love this story:

CENTER, MO. – Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning.

Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on Missouri 19 near Center, Missouri.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says 26-year-old Aaron Smith crossed the center line, hitting Katie Lentz head-on.

Now, friends, family and those who rescued Lentz would love to find and thank a mysterious priest who they say helped make the rescue possible.

New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed said rescue crews spent the first 45 minutes after the accident trying to get Lentz out of a car to no avail Sunday morning shortly after 9 a.m. The metal on an older model Mercedes dulled the department’s equipment.

“It was a very well-built car, and when you compact materials like that one, they become even stronger because you’re cutting through multiple things instead of one layer,” Reed said.

Reed says Lentz was pinned in between the steering wheel and the seat. After 45 minutes had passed, medical workers told rescue crews that Katie was failing and fast. That’s when Reed made an executive decision to move the car, which was standing on its side, back on all four wheels.

About an hour into the rescue, Katie asked rescue workers to pray out loud with her. That’s when a priest appeared out of no where.

“He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,” Reed said. “It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.”

The Hannibal Fire Department showed up right after that prayer with fresh equipment and was able to finish the extrication. After getting Katie safely into the Air Evac helicopter, at least a dozen of the rescue workers turned around to thank the priest who was no where in sight. The highway had been blocked for a quarter of a mile during the hour and a half rescue, leaving no bystanders and no parked cars nearby. Lentz’ family and friends are amazed by the story.

“Where did this guy come from?” Lentz’ friend Travis Wiseman asked. “We’re looking for the priest and so far, no one has seen him. Whether it was a priest as an angel or an actual angel, he was an angel to all those and to Katie.”

“We would like to find this gentleman and be able to thank him,” Reed said. “As a first responder, you don’t know what you’re going to run into. We have a lot of tools, and we have intensive training. In this particular case, it is my feeling that it was nothing more than sheer faith and nothing short of a miracle.”

Katie has undergone surgeries to repair several broken bones. She is scheduled for more surgeries in the coming weeks, but friends and family say her spirit has not wavered.

“Both of her legs are very damaged,” Lentz’ friend Amanda Wiseman said. “Her wrist is broken, several broken ribs, so she’s had a lot of broken bones to deal with.”

The driver of the other car in that accident, Aaron Smith, has been charged with a DWI, second degree assault and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

KHQA asked the Missouri Department of Transportation if there have ever been talks of turning Missouri 19 into a 4-lane highway.

A MoDOT spokesperson said a group called the Tri-State Development Group has identified that highway as a priority to examine. However, MoDOT has never identified that road as a priority.

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Praise God! :smiley:

Thank you. I love stories like this.

Blessing, this part “It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well.” isn’t uncommon. The rest is another story.

Agreed. All the sacraments are miraculous. They are signs of God working in time that is beyond anything in nature. The fact that Jesus chose to use everyday items like water, oil, bread and wine to convey His grace does not make them any less miraculous.

I love hearing stories like this one. Thanks for posting it. Yes, thank you very much.

What a great story to start the day with! I love it thanks for posting this.


This is great!

I had to share it on my Facebook for all of my friends to see. :smiley:


YAY!!! :extrahappy::bowdown2:

What a beautiful and awesome story, thanks for posting!!

I have a feeling they will never find this priest…on earth at least. :slight_smile:

Love this story. I agree, doubt they will find this priest.

I, for one, am certainly impressed!

Totally agree that he will never be found. He answered her prayers, and then returned from whence he came when his work was done. :heaven:

She is from my home town :slight_smile:

I would bet it was probably her guardian angel that just happened to appear as a priest. :slight_smile:

This is without a doubt a miracle. Love to hear stories like this.

If I may, when I passed my paramedic test I went to the St. Jude Chapel and give my thanks to St. Jude but above all to God. As I was there the guy who was at the little store was saying that he saw this lady two days before I went there saying that when she crossed from Mexico (she was coming from India) a guy came up to her in the desert, and gave her water. She said that when she got to Dallas she had the urge to walk into the St. Jude Chapel. The guy said that she started crying when she saw a picture of St. Jude, she went and told the man that when she was crossing from Mexico to the USA, she was extremely thirsty and was about to die, when a man came to her and gave her some water. She said that when she saw the picture of St. Jude she knew that it was him who had given her water.

Thank you, Chero, and OP, for these stories.

My thoughts exactly!:wink: Shall we say The Good Lord provides…in mysterious ways!:wink:

Wow! Thanks for sharing that story. Absolutely amazing!!!

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