Good Samaritans find friends in bus crash wreckage
New stories are emerging about people involved in a deadly church bus crash Saturday afternoon.
Donna Greenwood and her family were enjoying a rare day when they were all together. Greenwood's oldest daughter was making the biggest purchase of her young life at the Dreyer & Reinbold dealership at 96th and Keystone when their day took a tragic and unforgettable turn right before their eyes.
"We had just test driven and came back to do the paperwork and word came in that an accident had occurred," Greenwood said.
That accident was the Colonial Hills Baptist Church bus that had flipped moments after turning off of I-465. Greenwood, her three children and her husband climbed the fence to get to the scene.
Greenwood is also a nurse, so when she realized how serious the accident was, she felt compelled to help. But nothing could have prepared her for what she was about to discover.
"Of course, we thought we were just going to help strangers, but as we got closer to the site, some of the young people began calling my son and daughter's name and they were thinking, 'How do these kids know us?' and then they recognized their friends," Greenwood said.
They recognized them because they were classmates at Colonial Christian School.
"It was tough seeing their friends laying on stretchers bruised and bleeding, some hysterical," Greenwood said.
Donna jumped in, helping a young girl who was bleeding from the head.
"I just wanted to be the best support I could to her, of course, physically I wanted to make sure she was okay, but you know just being a mother and knowing she needed help and I would want someone to do those things for my kids," she said.
Returning to the crash site served as a painful reminder of both the lives lost and others forever changed.
"They saw things on that bus that will not soon, if ever, really fade. It will take a long time. It's heartbreaking what they witnessed, but I know they come from families of strong faith and I know that it will see them through," Greenwood said.
She said she did not know the girl she helped at the crash scene, but hopes to reconnect with her to make sure she is doing okay, both physically and emotionally.
Funeral arrangements have been made for three people killed in the crash.
Visitation for Tonya Weindorf will be held Thursday from 3-7 p.m and her funeral will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visitation for Chad and Courtney Phelps will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, with the couple's funeral Saturday at 11 a.m.
All services will be held at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.