PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Students from Charlotte and Collier Counties who were on a charter bus during a deadly crash are back home. The crash happened on Interstate 10 in Leon County around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
WINK News was there as six students arrived back at Charlotte Technical Center after 9 p.m. The students were obviously still shaken by the crash. They and their parents rushed out of the building and to their cars, barely saying a word and honking their horns loudly as they drove off. Students from Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology in Collier County were back around 10 p.m.
What should have been a celebratory journey back home, turned into something much more frightening. Early Wednesday morning, 6 students from charlotte technical center and 34 students from Lorenzo Walker were headed home from a state competition in Pensacola. Florida Highway Patrol says Abby Fishburn, a 22-year -old teacher, was going the wrong way on I-10 when she collided with the charter bus driven by Johnny Brutus of Naples. Troopers say as many as 50 people were on board the bus. 17 were hurt.
"I felt like I was more filming a movie than in a real accident," crash victim Sara Brand said. "It doesn't seem real."
Dolphin Transportation out of Naples, which runs the bus company, issued a statement saying it "wishes to express its sympathy to the family of the driver who died in the accident." Officials are still investigating why Fishburn was driving the wrong way and if alcohol was involved.