A woman gave birth Thursday just hours after she survived a fiery Interstate 75 crash that left seven people dead.

The birth was announced in a message posted on the Facebook page of the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church Omaha and signed by Kevin V. Cox, the Pentecostal church's Louisiana district superintendent.

Cox said a van from a Pentecostal church in Marksville, Louisiana, was involved in the crash and identified the church's pastor as Eric Descant. He said the pastor's wife was among at least eight people who were injured and that his granddaughter was among five children killed. Two truck drivers also died.

An unnamed volunteer at the Avoyelles House of Mercy church in Marksville said the congregation lost "half of our babies" in the crash. The volunteer was quoted on the Facebook page of U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

The church van was traveling to Walt Disney World.

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