Three children were taken to Russellville Hospital with minor injuries after a school bus wreck in Colbert County Tuesday morning.
The wreck happened around 7 a.m. on Us 43, Colbert County Schools Superintendent Gale Satchel said. Officials told WAAY 31 an tractor-trailer ran into the back of the school bus as a child was loading onto it.
"It's one of those phone calls you don't want to receive," said Satchel. "You know that life can be taken in a matter of seconds. We are truly blessed and know this could have been a lot worse."
A total of 17 students were on the bus at the time, Satchel said. Three of them had minor injuries and were taken to Russellville Hospital to be checked out, she said. The bus driver was also fine.
Jodie Crenshaw had just walked her five year old son, Braden, to the bus. They were still holding hands as he was walked up the steps.
"I was in the middle of saying 'I love you. Goodbye,' to Braden like I always do every morning," said Jodie Crenshaw. "We were about to let go of hands and boom it happened so quick."
Crenshaw said the impact of the crash made Braden hit his head on the bus door, cracking the window. He then hit the pavement, breaking his expensive perscription glasses he had just got after corrective eye surgery.
"The bus almost flipped, and I didn't want to let go of his hand because I figured if the bus is going to flip I am going to be here with him," said Crenshaw as tears streamed down her face.
Crenshaw said the bus didn't flip but tilted back up right.
"God was watching over us."
Crenshaw then opened up her home to all of the students.
"I was like instead of standing outside let's just get them in the house. We started getting blankets and towels.
Crenshaw said many of the students were shaken up and crying. Her goal was to make them as comfortable as possible.
"There was probably about 40 something people in the house here between paramedics, cops, moms that were trying to check on their kids," said Crenshaw.
She said she would open her doors all over again to help the kids out.
After WAAY 31 learned of Braden's glasses being broken we called Eye Care Associates of Madison, where he had gotten the special glasses.
We told them what happened to Braden, and the company is going to replace his glasses free of charge.
All three students who were hurt in the crash, including Braden, are now at home resting.