Teddy Bears, Silence to Mark Deadly Huntsville School Bus Wreck

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - When the clock strikes 10:10 a.m.
Monday, Willie Hinton Senior, like so many others in Huntsville, will say a prayer to mark the moment when a school bus filled with Lee High School students plunged from an I-565 overpass one week earlier.

Hinton's son was one of 40 students on the bus going to the Huntsville Center for Technology. Two teenage girls were killed at the scene and two others later died from their injuries. Hinton's son was seriously injured, but survived.

Hinton says he'll pause in prayer as a reminder of how grateful and how thankful we are and should be.

Huntsville City Schools spokesman Keith Ward said officials will spend this week trying to get back into a normal routine while still acknowledging students' grief as some of those injured in the crash return to school and classes resume at the tech center.

Students now will be bused to the center using a route that doesn't include taking I-565. Ward says officials were still deciding whether students would be allowed to drive their own cars to the center.

Classes at Lee will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday to allow students and staff to attend the funeral for 17-year-old Crystalle Renee McCrary. Funerals were held Friday and Saturday for her three classmates.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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