Bus Camera Catches Driver's Heroics As Tornado Bears Down
Henryville Bus Driver Makes Last-Minute Decision To Go Back To School
7:38 AM, Mar 30, 2012
Dramatic video from a Henryville school bus captured the heroic actions of a driver as she rushed her young passengers to safety as a tornado bore down.The video, released Thursday, documents the frantic minutes before a massive tornado hit in Henryville on March 2, destroying the high school.Bus driver Angel Perry was three miles from the school with 11 elementary children on board when reports of a funnel cloud were broadcast over the radio."I stopped the bus for a second, put my hands down and said, 'Dear Lord, what do I do?'" Perry recalled.That's when she sprang into action, turning the bus around to head back to school and reassuring her young passengers."A tornado is on the ground guys. Quiet! The tornado is on the ground," Perry can be heard saying in the video. "If you got a book to put over your head, do it. Get in the middle."
Perry's bus was a minute out from the school when she and the children spotted the funnel cloud.When the bus pulled up to the school, Perry can be heard counting the children as they run, some crying, to the building."Guys, we're just going to go as fast as we can into the school," she is heard saying. "Everybody stay together, keep our group together. Go, go, go!"Three minutes later, the 36,000-pound bus was blown away, no match for the powerful tornado.Video from inside shows the bus being moved across the parking lot, slammed into a car and then lifted and carried across the road, where it crashes into a diner.Perry and her 11 passengers survived the storm without injury.