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Needs of bus crash victims still great

It's been three weeks since a school bus crashed with Lee High School students on board, leaving four students dead.

The investigation is far from over, and the effort to help families is ongoing.

The only physical evidence of the bus that plummeted from the I-565 overpass is the growing memorial below it.

The needs of the students on that bus and their families still linger like the memories the crash leaves behind.

"I'm feeling great," says T'asarrian Fletcher, one of the victims of the accident.

A little better every day, considering 16 year old T'asarrian's condition three weeks ago.

"He had a bruised kidney, a smashed lung and three fractured vertebrae in his back along with a broken arm, facial fractures and a broken nose," says Dianne Fletcher, T'asarrian's grandmother.

Since the school bus crash,T'asarrian and his grandmother have stayed strong, prayed hard, and leaned on a community to help meet their needs.

"Now he has two coats, a pair of shoes, and a book bag.  People who didn't even know us came and stepped forth and it was a blessing," says T'asarrian's grandmother.

A blessing of the basics, but the needs go beyond even that for the healing children and the healing families at Lee High School.

Dianne Roberts is one of several counselors who stay in constant contact with the 40 families whose lives are changed forever.

"One of the major things we have now are just financial.  A lot of our parents have had to take off work, some to take care of their children, some, sadly, to bury their children," says Roberts.

An unexpected tragedy and a brutal reminder that they need your help.

There are now three ways you can help families affected by the Interstate 565 bus tragedy.

Lee High School has two funds set up.

One is to help families with immediate financial needs.

The other fund is to create a permanent memorial for the four teenagers who died in that crash.

You can make checks payable to Lee High School and specify how you want the money used.

You can also still donate to the WAFF 48 Lee High Memorial fund.

Donate at any branch of Redstone Federal Credit Union or you can also make a donation at Santa's Village in downtown Huntsville.

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