(WBIR-Knoxville) One of the victims in a deadly church bus crash in North Knoxville describes what happened in that moment.
"I left work with my dad and we were picking up medicine for my uncle," said Cory Butcher. "That's when the bus shot out in front of me, and by the time I noticed it, I was too late to press on my breaks or anything."
Jewell Winton, 54, of Knoxville died Thursday afternoon when her car was hit by the bus. KPD said Winton did not have her seat belt on at the time.
The bus was from Berea Christian Church, located near Terre Haute, Indiana. More than a dozen of their members were in town on a mission trip with Johnson University. They were coming back from Lost Sheep Ministries when the crash occurred at the intersection of Broadway and Oglewood Avenue.
"Just had a real heart to serve our community, and we're here to help," said Ross Jones with the organization. "You start looking on the internet and you see a bus that you just saw a couple of hours ago, so it's disheartening and sad."
The only person who remains in the hospital is Cory's father, who was his passenger. He suffered from a broken rib, leg and other injuries.
"Especially because they are teenagers, very impressionable and very emotional and a serious event," said Kevin O'Brien with Johnson University.
Before Cory went back to the hospital Friday afternoon, he too understands how this event, which was bad enough, could have been a lot worse.
"Agreed, it's easy to replace a truck, it ain't easy to replace a life," Cory said.