HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It will be 10 years this Sunday since the Lee High School bus crash left four teenage girls dead. "Obviously you're even more concerned. A bus means more people, a school bus means students. And that's probably one of the worst case scenarios," Witness Charles Winters said.
Winters remembers November 20th, 2006 like it was yesterday, he remembers it being a chilly normal day, but it turned tragic around 10 AM. A bus transporting 40 students from Lee High School to Huntsville Center for Technology went air born on I-565 West Bound.
"When you see something like that it's a shock, you don't expect to see any vehicle much less a bus or school bus," Winters said.
The National Transportation Safety Board released a report that said a student driver in a Toyota clipped the bus. The impact forced the bus driver out of the bus, because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
The report goes on to sat the bus continued along the top of the bridge rail for 117 feet, before going off the ramp. The fall killed 4 teenage girls and injured 34 others. "I think about those families that not only lost students, but also students that were injured," Winters said.
HEMSI's Chief Operation Officer Don Webster remembered getting the call of the Lee High School Bus going off the ramp. He said first responders came to the scene in minutes. He said in a matter of 45 minutes; every student was transported to the hospital. He said it's tragic four lives were lost.
Webster said in his line of work; he sees tragedies everyday. He said sometimes the injuries go away, but the memories stay with you forever. He said no one should ever forget what happened 10 years ago and people won't forget about the lives lost.