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Initially told they were gone, students receive items from bus crash

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On Friday, those 31 people were able to collect what they thought was lost from that crash. On Friday, those 31 people were able to collect what they thought was lost from that crash.
Even with the investigation going on, Brinkman said everyone can go back to their lives. Even with the investigation going on, Brinkman said everyone can go back to their lives.

Finally some good news for a group of Delphos Jefferson High School students after an arduous few weeks.

On May 21st, 28 seniors and 3 chaperones were involved in a bus crash in Pennsylvania, on their way to their senior trip in New York. On Friday, those 31 people were able to collect what they thought was lost from that crash.

"Relief, because originally we’re told they were wet or not even on the bus," said Chad Brinkman, principal of Jefferson High School. "So now being told that they’re back, they’re just ecstatic to have them back, again, when they thought they were gone."

Childers Transportation out of Toledo was the bus company for the trip. They originally told Brinkman that any object left on the bus was too wet to be salvaged. Now, these objects have been shipped back by the insurance company of Childers.

I finally get my blanket back," said one of the students in the crash, Cirstie Deckered. "That was really expensive from the underclassmen and it was very special to me. It kept me warm and it was from the two years from soccer I did. I started to cry when I realized it was gone."

A few days after the crash the students received their luggage back but most found some possessions missing. Sunglasses, bra’s and other accessories were stolen out of bags, as well, as what Brinkman estimates, is $2,000 missing in total. 

Now Brinkman is working with Pennsylvania State Police as they investigate how these possessions went missing.

A few weeks removed from the accident and some students and chaperones are still reeling from that day, physically and emotionally. 

"Still in a lot of pain, I go to the chiropractor three times a week," said Meghan Ream, another student involved in the bus crash. "I’ve been written off of work for three weeks now. It’s nice to have my stuff back, but it’d be nice to be feeling better too."

The students were recently reimbursed for their trip. Even with the investigation going on, Brinkman said everyone can go back to their lives.

"Back to normalcy," said Brinkman. "We’re back to scheduling for next year. We’re looking at professional development. New ideas and all ways to improve and get ready for the next school year."

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