One year ago a terrible tragedy occurred on I-465 in Indianapolis. A driver lost control of a church bus and wrecked it along the interstate. Three people lost their lives and many others were seriously injured. Now members of the church and the community are reflecting on the anniversary of the accident and learning how to move forward.
Last year, the church bus was returning from a camp retreat and was only five miles from the church when the wreck occurred. Members of the church’s youth group (many of which were involved in the accident) returned to the retreat this year. They made it home safely after the trip, and emotions were running high on their return.
It’s not something that anyone involved will ever forget, but their faith and courage in the wake of the accident has helped the church find an even closer sense of unity. According to one member, “You appreciate life a little bit more… you certainly appreciate our faith a little bit more, and you just recognize how precious each day is.”
Initially it was believed that a malfunction with the brakes could have led to the accident, but a thorough investigation found that the bus simply didn’t slow down enough to successfully make the turn onto the exit ramp. There were never any charges filed against the bus driver.
Unfortunately the terrible accident has also left the church without a bus. However, through a successful fundraising campaign the youth group has been able to raise an impressive $15,000.
We know that bus accidents are some of the most devastating auto accidents in the state of Indiana. More passengers mean more chances that someone will be injured. Add to that the sheer size and weight of a large bus and the potential for tragedy is even greater.
Those that lost loves ones in the fatal Indianapolis bus accident still have a long road of healing to travel. We can all gain strength from their daily acts of courage as they continue forward.
Source. TheIndyChannel.com, ‘http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/colonial-hills-marks-1-year-after-fatal-crash,’ Ebone Monet, July 26, 2014.