3 bus crash survivors share their stories of loss & survival

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Three survivors from the Statesville church bus crash in Jefferson County are recovering at Select Specialty Hospital.

Beverly Wright remembers a loud noise and the bus suddenly going out of control. She was thrown from the bus and left with a broken humerus, deflated lung, and rib fractures.

Her greatest loss is her husband.

"Sometimes I think about you know what we were going to do the rest of the year and then it's like well no I guess I won't be doing that this year. He would just tell me to keep fighting and continue to grow," said Wright.

Wright is from Mocksville. She is recovering in Winston-Salem and will be discharged from Select Specialty Hospital on Friday.

Benny Elledge is also recovering in Winston-Salem while his wife, Libby recovers in Statesville. The couple has been apart for six weeks.

Benny told WFMY in Greensboro, NC that his bones were sticking out of his skin after the crash. He had to move his bones to break free from metal pieces he was stuck in. Since then, his entire pelvis has been reconstructed. He has three rods in his legs.

His biggest concern after the crash was his wife.

"I couldn't find her...come to find out after it was all over and done with she was thrown from the bus but she survived," said Elledge.

Lisa Cash spoke on behalf of her father, Lynn Smith who is also in Select Specialty Hospital. Lynn broke several bones and is still recovering. He was unable to be interviewed.

Lisa said, "Gathered up my family and we drove to Knoxville not knowing what we were going to find."

Lisa's mom, Brenda didn't make it.

"Every day that we're here we feel her with us. It's knowing the strength that she raised us with," said Lisa.

For updates and obituaries, visit Front Street Baptist Church's website.


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