Washington County VA

Father of injured daughter thankful she's alive after bus crash

Several students injured in crash

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Thursday was a scary night for many parents in Washington County, Tennessee; for one in particular, the worries continued into the night.

News 5 spoke with the father of the girl who we're told may be the most seriously injured student from that bus wreck. "I kept calling her phone and texting her, and she never texted me back," Charles Bunton recalled.

Bunton says may never trust a school bus again. His daughter Cheyenne was rushed to Johnson City Medical Center after her school bus crashed near the intersection of Conklin Road and Mount Wesley Road in Telford, Tennessee, leaving her with severe injuries.

"It broke the second bone in her neck, and it had ripped her scalp plumb off the back of her skull," said Bunton.

Bunton told News 5 Cheyenne was out of surgery Thursday night, and she is being watched closely in the intensive care unit. "It was real heartbreaking to see her lay there like that, but she spoke to me. I told her I loved her, and she told me she loved me back," Bunton added.

After a shocking and scary accident, Bunton said support and concern is pouring in.

"Someone asked if they could play ball tomorrow, and I said ‘Absolutely,' and if she's doing well enough, I said, ‘I'll show up at the game for her,'" Bunton told News 5.

While there's a long road of recovery and healing ahead, there's plenty to be thankful for. "Right now, [I] just thank God she's alive, because I thought I'd lost her," said Bunton.

Bunton also told us that as of Thursday night, he's not placing any blame on anyone for this accident. He and his family are focusing on Cheyenne's recovery.

He did add that he doesn't believe his daughter will ever ride a school bus ever again.

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