Victims of fatal bus accident remembered, missed

Victims of fatal bus accident remembered, missed

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 11:41 PM

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Friends and neighbors are sharing stories and memories of the six members of the Front Street Baptist Church who died and the others who were injured in Wednesday's bus crash in Tennessee, just outside of Knoxville.

The group of seniors -- called the "Young at Hearts" -- were returning from a conference in Gatlinburg when investigators said a front tire on their bus blew out. The bus crossed the median, hitting a truck head-on and clipping an SUV.

Kay Clapps lives across the street from the home of Ed and Marcia McLelland. Ed survived but Marcia was killed.

"Best in the world," Clapps said of the couple.

She said Ed is a retired school teacher and had a large circle of friends. But it was Martha who she turned to when she needed help.

"She would always help you. If I had a medical problem I went to her first because she was an R.N.," Clapps said.

There were others on the bus too with ties to the Iredell-Statesville School system. A number of students took some time Thursday to craft sympathy cards that will be delivered to the church.

School District spokesperson Dawn Creason said, "It's been somber and sad. Our staff is having a really tough time with it, and in turn, I think our kids are too."

The Red Cross is continuing to help families who had loved ones on the bus.

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