Victims speak from Saturday's charter bus crash

A bus of almost 50 people crashed on Saturday, killing 4 people and sending all others to the hospital, with injuries ranging from minor to critical.

ROCK HILL, SC -- A bus of almost 50 people crashed on Saturday, killing four people and sending all others to the hospital with injuries ranging from minor to critical.

The Ramah Juco Academy's football team was heading to play a game in Fayetteville Saturday when the bus’ tire blew out and the driver lost control.

Many of the players are students at Clinton College in Rock Hill.

“I heard people screaming,” crash survivor Terrill Gateway recalled, fighting tears. He walked away with minor injuries. “Just pray for the families, the victims, they were hard working friends.”

The driver of the bus, 43-year-old Brian Andre Kirkpatrick of Chester, was among those who died. Devonte Gibson, 21, of Rock Hill, and Tito Hamilton, 19, of Pahokee, Fla. were also killed. Darice Hicks, an 8-year-old from Rock Hill was killed in the crash.

“I was just listening to music, and then out of nowhere the tire popped,” Raqwon Corbitt-Washington said. “The bus driver couldn’t control it, he tried his best but he couldn’t.”

Corbitt-Washington says it all happened so fast.

“It was crazy, I’d never seen anything like that before,” he said.

His mother, Angela, will never forget that phone call. 

“He called me, he was just horrified,” she said. “He said this person wasn’t breathing, he was trying to keep his friend from going in and out. All I could think was thank God my child is ok.”

Others were not so lucky.

The 42 people who survived the crash were brought to the hospital some were still being treated for critical injuries Sunday night.
 

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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