Family speaks after Utah LDS missionary killed in bus crash

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KAYSVILLE, Utah - The family of a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is speaking after she was killed in a bus accident in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday the Wells family sent Fox 13 this statement about sister missionary Sadie D. Wells:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our daughter and sister, Sadie Danielle Wells. We will miss her smile and vibrant, fun-loving personality. Our concern is for her mission companion and the other sister missionaries involved in the accident, and we pray for them and their families.

Sadie loved life and loved being a missionary. Her letters home were filled with her vibrant personality, love for the people of Pennsylvania, love of the gospel and love for her Savior, Jesus Christ.

We draw comfort from the belief that Sadie is with her Heavenly Father and that she continues the Lord’s work with the same vigor and enthusiasm that she did in life. Sadie ended each of her emails with the words of a favorite Primary song, “Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.” We ask all to pay tribute to Sadie by living their lives this way.

--The Wells Family
Kaysville, Utah

Wells was killed after the car she was in collided with a bus in Monroe Township, Pennsylvania, Tuesday afternoon.

According to Penn Live, the bus, carrying 32 Cumberland Valley School District students, was headed south when it ran a stop sign and crashed into a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.

Both vehicles ended up in a field just southwest of the intersection.

Penn Live reported Wells was sitting in the front passenger seat.

She was serving in the Pennsylvania Pittsburg Mission and had been since May 2015.

"Three other sister missionaries were also in the vehicle and are currently receiving medical care for non-life-threatening injuries," LDS Church spokeswoman Kristen Howey said.

"We pray for the injured sisters and for the families of all four sisters at this difficult time. We extend our sincerest sympathies to the Wells family for the loss of their daughter, and to other loved ones, friends, and fellow missionaries who were blessed by her friendship and example," Howey said.


  • Hyrum_Justice

    Studies have shown that regardless of religion, people die. Reports abound regarding people from Utah that have died in other accidents, but no mention of their religion is given. Indeed what does it matter? Prayers for the family.

  • raneads

    If the car was light colored or silver the experienced senior school bus driver. never saw the vehicle that the young girls were inside on that snow crusted day. Besides the probable fact that the school bus was running on a very tight time schedule and the girls were headed somewhere fairly unimportant but also involved in getting there in a hurry, it’s that type of stupid adrenaline living that hurts many persons, everyday. False adrenaline and false hype is a very very dangerous thing sometimes.

    • Hans

      Your comment is ignorant. Why do you assume both parties were in a hurry to get somewhere? Your trying to put blame on everyone involved. Based on eye witness accounts, students on the bus, and the driver… the bus driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The question is why… weather, route change, other impairment? This should only be about the victims and their wellbeing.

    • maclouie

      I think the stop sign was red. I think the bus driver had been on that route before. I think the missionaries did nothing wrong. What was the purpose of your comment? Accidents happen for many reasons and I never heard that the color of the vehicle mattered. Dumb!

  • Rose Mapakaitolo

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wells family at this time. As well for the other sisters who was involved in the accident. 🌹

  • Rick

    Very sad, very tragic, but it’s time to take her picture down out of respect for her survivors.
    It can’t be fun to be reminded of the tragedy every time you scan the news…

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