Three more members of a North Carolina church have been released from the hospital after last week's deadly bus crash on Interstate-40, and thanks to generous donations, their transportation back to their home state was paid for.
The October 2nd wreck in Jefferson County killed 8 people and hurt 14 others. It happened when a tire on the bus failed. The bus veered over the median, then crashed into an SUV and a tractor trailer. Six people on the bus were killed, along with a passenger in the SUV and the driver of the truck.
A group of senior citizens from Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, North Carolina, were on the bus headed home after a trip to Gatlinburg.
U-T Medical Center said Thursday that 78-year-old Norma Hellard was among the survivors who had been released. We spoke to her earlier this week from her hospital bed about her injuries and the crash.
On Wednesday, the church posted on their Facebook page that they needed help to pay for the survivors to be transported home to rehab facilities. Insurance would not cover the non-emergency transport. On Thursday, the church said that need had been met with another post on their Facebook page:
We are praising God for supplying everything that we need. We are grateful to inform you that the urgent need to transport our members back to Statesville to rehab centers have been met. If you would still like to donate towards the medical bills and other expenses you can do so at: http://baptistsonmission.org/Giving/Front-Street-Baptist-Church-Family-Support-Fund
Five church members remain at UT Medical Center:
Thomas L. Smith, 74, Statesville, N.C. - serious
Joanna L. Elledge, 70, Statesville, N.C. - critical
Benny Elledge, 72, Statesville, N.C. - serious
Marvin Boyer, 74, Statesville, N.C. - critical
Doris Swaim, 68, Statesville, N.C. - stable
Beverly Wright, 62, Mocksville, N.C. - serious
Sandra Boyer, 67, Statesville, N.C. – discharged
Steven Swaim, 68, Statesville, N.C. - discharged
Norma J. Hellard, 78, Statesville, N.C. - discharged
Brenda Jolly, 70, Statesville, N.C. - discharged
Wanda Martin, 63, Statesville, N.C. - discharged
Ed Mclelland, 64, Statesville, N.C. (husband of deceased Marsha Mclelland) – discharged