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WAFF 48 remembers the Lee High School bus crash


All this week, we'll pause to remember the victims of the Lee High School bus crash.

One year ago tomorrow, 4 students died and dozens more were injured when their bus plummeted from an I-565 overpass.

This week, we'll take a hard look into the investigation, talk to survivors, and those who were first on the scene of this tragedy.

When bus 5037 plunged off Interstate 565, emergency responders from all over the Heart of the Valley raced to the scene.

We sat down with several of those responders.

"One of the things that really sticks out in my mind about it. I understand that the kids were scared. They were hurt. They were confused. They didn't know what to do. They were in shock at just the shear fact that the bus went over. But I was really amazed at the overall calmness of the kids. There were kids helping other injured kids. And I truly think that it was because of that we were able to take care of the kids like we did," said Kenneth Burke, HEMSI.

Brenda Uhls remembers the sound of HEMSI director Don Webster's voice and how that sound on the radio told her just how serious this was.

"There was a lot of adrenaline, even disbelief. Initially, I thought that this was maybe a drill. But hearing the tone of Don Webster's voice, I knew that this was real and there was a need and there was no hold's barred and there were folks in trouble that needed help," said Uhls.

Tonight at ten, WAFF 48 Investigator Jeanie Powell will take a closer look at the bus crash investigation, WAFF 48 Anchor Liz Hurley takes us back to the cosmetology class at the tech center, and we'll have a special report from former WAFF 48 News Reporter Nick Kenney.

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