Update on Church Bus Crash

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

The victims of a church bus crash Sunday in Lauderdale County are dealing with the grief of losing a friend and trying to recover from physical injuries.

The young man who died was 14-year-old Brandon Ugarte. There were injuries of varying degrees for the other 22 people on the bus. It was headed to youth camp in Macon, Georgia. Six people remained hospitalized Monday.

"It will be a slow healing process," said the Rev. Greg Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Shreveport.

He said the church is in desperate need of prayer for Maggie Lee Henson, one of the girls at the University Medical Center and the daughter of the associate pastor. Henson suffered severe head trauma. The pastor says family and friends are trying to cope.

"We are showing our love for them," said Hunt.

Hunt said word of the tragic bus accident came moments before the Sunday morning worship service began and members immediately turned to God in prayer.

"It was a powerful display of the concern, the love, the faith," Hunt said.

And Pastor Hunt says prayer is what they will need to pull them through. He added that the rapid response of crews like the Toomsuba-Alamucha Volunteer Fire Department made a difference.

"A minute or two after it was called in, we were there," said Chief Billy Stuckey.

And a 2101st Transportation Company of the Alabama National Guard also made an heroic rescue.

"They lifted the bus, which was on its side," said Stuckey. "There were two trapped underneath. There were many others in the bus that could have not gotten out. And there are those alive today because of how effectively they acted on the spot, on the gun."

The pastor says as they start the path to recovery, they are asking for your prayers. Hunt couldn't hold back the emotion as he reflected on the overwhelming expressions of love from Meridian residents.

"People of your community showed up and we are grateful," said Rev. Hunt. "We are grateful, beyond imagination."


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Jennifer Williams Location: Toomsuba, MS on Jul 15, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    After searching for extra pictures for the Tuscaloosa news for specific ones with photos of the national guard on the scene of the accident, I found several that I have now added to the photo album which can be viewed at www.toomsubafire.org
  • by april Location: collinsville on Jul 14, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Remember god puts no more on us than we can handle.
  • by D Location: Meridian on Jul 14, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    Several people from Cornerstone Church came to minister to the victims at the hospitals. Chaplain Gaius Tew was very helpful to the Anderson Hospital team.
  • by DALE Location: MERIDIAN on Jul 14, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    IT SEEMS THAT SOME OF THE HEROES FROM THAT INCIDENT WERE OVERLOOKED--THE TOOMSUBA/ALAMUCHA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. KUDOS WERE GIVEN TO THE NATIONAL GUARD MEN [WHICH THEY RIGHTFULLY DESERVED], BUT EVERYONE FAILED TO BE INFORMED OF THE ACTIONS OF THE FIREMEN. THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS DEPARTMENT ARRIVED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES AND STARTED WORKING THE SCENE. SOME DIRECTED TRAFFIC, WHILE THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDERS WENT TO WORK STABALIZING PATIENTS, MAKING SURE EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM WERE TAKEN CARE OF AND THEN HELPED THE EMT'S LOAD THEM IN THE AMBULANCES. THESE MEN AND WOMEN SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TRAINING FOR INCIDENTS LIKE THIS, AND NONE OF THEM ARE EVER PAID. THEY ARE THE HEROES WHO GET UP AT 2A.M. TO GO HELP AT ACCIDENTS, FIRES, OR ANY MEDICAL PROBLEMS THEIR NEIGHBORS MIGHT HAVE. THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE THE FIRST ON THE SCENE BEFORE THE EMT'S OR THE AMBULANCE ARRIVE. ALL OF THIS IS DONE AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE. THEY DO THIS TO HELP PEOPLE, NOT MAKE MONEY OR RECIEVE MEDALS.
  • by BEVERLY Location: MERIDIAN on Jul 14, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    GOD BLESS THE NATIONAL GUARDSMEN, AND THE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
  • by bobby Location: stonewall,ms on Jul 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    we are praying for all of you.
  • by k.l.w. Location: meridian on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    I believe those Nation Guardsmen should be awarded something from their commands. They did what the government has trained them to do. They served.
  • by nell Location: Lauderdale County on Jul 14, 2009 at 08:17 AM
    The community response in the wake of this tragic accident is awesome and says so much about our friends and neighbors here. Prayers are powerful. Thanks to all, God Bless
  • by LORI FUNK Location: DALHART, TEXAS on Jul 13, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU.
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave Meridian, Ms. 39301 Phone: (601) 693-1441
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 50672062 - wtok.com/a?a=50672062
Gray Television, Inc.