Emotional reunions for victims, families of Knox County school bus crash

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Many families are trying to heal from the school bus crash on Asheville Highway Tuesday afternoon that left three people dead, including two children.

Previous story: 2 children, 1 adult killed in East Knoxville crash involving 2 school buses

We were there near the crash site the moment when one of the families found out their little girl would not be coming home. The scene brought many of the families and officials there to tears.

Police told parents to be calm and patient as they read a list of names of children who were safe.

Tara Sampson and her youngest daughter hugged each other as they waited for news of Sampson’s 10-year-old daughter Abby.

“It was very heart wrenching. The phone call I got was, I hope I never get a phone call like that again in my life.”

As we were talking to Sampson, a bus full of kids pulled up.

“Oh here they come, oh I’m so excited right now,” Sampson said while waiting for Abby to get off the bus.

Abby says she was on the bus that did not flip over.

“The bus driver was driving and there was a car in front of us and he was going fast and the car had stopped so the bus driver turned around or something and there was a bus coming by and it hit the bus and the other bus flipped,” Abby said.

“Seeing her was great I was just waiting all I wanted to do was see her. I’m just happy to have my girl home now we’re going to have some hot chocolate,” Sampson said.

A counselor on the scene says most of the families and children are handling this as best as can be expected. She says to be patient with the children and offer plenty of compassion as they try to cope with this tragedy.

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