Bowling Green Helps Out Crash Victims

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

In response to the tragic bus crash on I-65, the Bowling Green community stepped up on June 25, 2007. People gave everything from diapers to food and clothing, even pillows and blankets.

The American Red Cross has enough supplies and manpower to accommodate accident victims for more than two days.

The American Red Cross has stuffed animals for the children play with and cots for family members to get some much needed rest. Although the victims aren’t from Kentucky, they agree the hospitality from Bowling Green is second to none.

“You hurt for the people on the bus, but you feel good about the people in Bowling Green who respond,” said Jake Barnard, who donated supplies.

Barnard saw the faces of the victims on T.V. and felt he needed to help.

“...Having two grandchildren, so we bundled up what they had not used and we went and got a few more,” Barnard explained.

It broke Phillip Cooke’s heart when he saw all they needed was a few necessities just to stay alive.

“They said they needed some bread so I went to the bread place and brought several loafs of bread,” Cooke explained.

That wasn’t all, Cooke jumped in to help where ever he was needed.

“I feel like I am going to be here as long as I am in need,” Cooke said.

Cheryl Smith is a volunteer with Macedonia Baptist Church in Auburn, Ky.

“... Helping getting a change of clothes. We brought them water, chips and food to snack on,” Smith explained.

While helping out, some of the victims told Smith first hand what they could remember.

“Most of them were asleep. There was one girl we talked to who said she had just woke up and as she woke up she felt the bus veering off the road,” Smith described.

Some of the victims Smith was helping were young children. Making the accident even more tragic, as many were shoeless and disoriented from sleeping on the bus.

“There’s a lot of children, yes there is,” Smith said. “A lot of people who are hurt really bad.”

Because of the people in this story and many of you in the community, the victims of the bus crash we spoke with fell very at home here in Bowling Green.

“The churches the Red Cross - they have been excellent. I have never in my life witnessed anything like that as far as people coming to help like that. I was telling them, ‘Kentucky is one of my top states now, because of the way you guys helped us,’” accident victim Carlos Davis said.


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