Bus crash survivor gives many thanks - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

THURSDAY NIGHT TOP STORIES

Bus crash survivor gives many thanks

Giving thanks during the most difficult of times, 41 Valley families forge on through a bitter holiday season.

This is a strange holiday for those affected by the I-565 school bus tragedy.

Some are still hurt, most are suffering through the loss of friends.

Lawanda Jefferson is one of those still hurt.

The 16-year-old was on board bus 5037.

"They said we was sitting on the bridge going back and forth, but I didn't feel none of that, all I felt we was just going down," Lawanda remembers.

With a fractured, immobile arm, Lawanda crawled off the bus.

After an ambulance ride and a two day hospital stay, Lawanda's home; arm in a sling face scarred.

Thanksgiving's on; Grandma's spread same as always: turkey, pie, turnip greens, dressing.

This year, it'll all taste a little sweeter.

"I feel blessed that I'm here," Lawanda says.

Blessed, but grief stricken; saddened by the death of four classmates, friends, fellow riders.

"Yeah, I miss them because it's like we just seen each other like five minutes go and now they just gone," Lawanda says.

A memory she'll never shake.

"I'm trying to, but I can't. I just can't get it off my mind," she says.

Lawanda will visit the doctor again on Tuesday.

She says she's not sure when she'll get to go back to school.

She might even face six weeks worth of home school.

Another Lee High student was able to leave Huntsville Hospital on Thursday.

Six students and the bus driver remain there.

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Redstone Arsenal holding emergency exercise on Tuesday

    Redstone Arsenal holding emergency exercise on Tuesday

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 8:37 AM EDT2017-03-28 12:37:18 GMT
    Scene from Redstoen Arsenal's 2016 Installation full-scale emergency exercise (Source: WAFF)Scene from Redstoen Arsenal's 2016 Installation full-scale emergency exercise (Source: WAFF)

    Redstone Arsenal is on track for this year's Installation full-scale emergency exercise. It's set to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

    More >>

    Redstone Arsenal is on track for this year's Installation full-scale emergency exercise. It's set to start at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

    More >>
  • DeKalb County Sheriff's Office will open Saturdays

    DeKalb County Sheriff's Office will open Saturdays

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 8:25 AM EDT2017-03-28 12:25:29 GMT
    Source: WAFFSource: WAFF

    Beginning Saturday, April 1,  DeKalb County Sheriff's Office will be open from 8 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. for people to pick up reports and renew their pistol permits.  "For the past couple of years we have been working on opening the office on Saturdays to accommodate the people who are unable to make it to the office during our regular office hours," Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.   "We feel like this will help people who are unable to make it down her...

    More >>

    Beginning Saturday, April 1,  DeKalb County Sheriff's Office will be open from 8 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. for people to pick up reports and renew their pistol permits.  "For the past couple of years we have been working on opening the office on Saturdays to accommodate the people who are unable to make it to the office during our regular office hours," Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.   "We feel like this will help people who are unable to make it down her...

    More >>
  • Sheffield Fire Department struggling with high turnover rate

    Sheffield Fire Department struggling with high turnover rate

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 8:09 AM EDT2017-03-28 12:09:59 GMT
    Source: WAFFSource: WAFF

    Our news gathering partner at the Decatur Times Daily reports the city of Sheffield in Colbert County is dealing with a staffing shortage in their fire department.  Fire Chief Dewey King, who is also the city's public safety director, says that low wages are contributing to a high turnover rate. 

    More >>

    Our news gathering partner at the Decatur Times Daily reports the city of Sheffield in Colbert County is dealing with a staffing shortage in their fire department.  Fire Chief Dewey King, who is also the city's public safety director, says that low wages are contributing to a high turnover rate. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly