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'Mystery priest' helps Missouri car wreck victim

Updated: 2013-08-08T14:41:31Z

— Rescue workers in northeast Missouri struggled to extricate a young woman involved in a serious car wreck — until a mysterious priest arrived and helped calm rescuers and the victim.

Now, friends and family of the rescued woman want to know: Who was that mysterious clergy?

KHQA-TV reports that the accident happened Sunday morning when a suspected drunk driver crossed the center line of Route 19 near Center, Mo., and struck a car driven by 19-year-old Katie Lentz of Quincy, Ill.

Rescue crews struggled to get Lentz out of the badly damaged car. After about an hour, Lentz asked them to pray out loud with her.

That's when a Catholic priest suddenly appeared. Soon, rescuers were able to extricate Lentz.

She remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Center is about 75 miles northeast of Columbia, Mo.

| The Associated Press

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