Tennessee Bus Crash Survivor Talks About Recovery

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STATESVILLE, NC-- At least a dozen people are still recovering from a bus crash in Tennessee. Doris Swaim talked about her journey to recovery.

People from North Carolina are still recovering from that tragic bus crash in Tennessee. Eight people died in that wreck, a month and a half ago.

"I was reading. My husband was in front of me and we felt the bus start to move up and down. It felt like we were turning maybe over down in like into a ravine," said Doris Swaim.

Doris Swaim was returning from a conference with her church group from Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville. The bus crossed the median and went into traffic after a tire blew.

The bus hit a truck and SUV. Some were thrown from the bus, including Doris' husband, Steve.Others like Doris were tossed around inside that bus like rag dolls.

Doris was pulled from the bus by rescue workers. While lying on the grass, she says someone was watching over her.

"I'm going to stay with you until someone comes. My name is Eric. Well that's our oldest son's name and so, he had to leave and another man came over and his name was David. That's our youngest son's name so I just took that as a sign from the Lord," said Swaim.

According to the church website, 12 members, including Doris' husband, are still recovering.

Click here for biographies of the eight people who died in the crash.

Doris has several injuries including five broken fingers. She's in a hurry to heal because she's the church pianist.

Hear more from Doris Swaim here: Survivor of deadly TN church bus crash talks about crash, recovery


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