Dash cam video of Hickman County bus crash shows students thrown into air

Hickman County bus crash April 2014

WILLIAMSPORT, Tenn. (WKRN) – News 2 obtained dash cam video from inside a violent school bus crash that sent two sisters to the hospital last April.

It happened on Primm Springs Road in Williamsport, about 55 miles south of Nashville, on April 21, 2014.

Witnesses told News 2 at the time the bus appeared to be “airborne” after striking a culvert before finally coming to a stop into some trees.

Hickman County bus crash April 2014
Dash cam video from the Hickman County bus crash on April 21, 2014.

In the video, students are shown sitting and standing on the bus mere seconds before being tossed around in the crash.

Demetria Barner, now 18, was thrown about 8 feet into the air.

Demetria, who was asleep at the time of the crash, was critically injured after becoming pinned underneath a back seat.

She suffered two broken legs, a broken pelvis, broken bones in her face and brain trauma.

Demetria spent six weeks at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and underwent four surgeries.

“I am thankful to be alive,” she told News 2 Tuesday.

Her sister Kneely Hogan, who was 12 at the time of the crash, was also injured and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment to non-critical injures.

Kneely Hogan and Demetria Barner
Kneely Hogan (L) and Demetria Barner (R)

“I wish that we could change that day, that we never went on the bus” Kneely told News 2.

Demetria now walks with a cane.

“I’m very proud of her. She’s came a long way from the day that the wreck happened,” said Christy Damron, Demetria’s mother.

“Maybe one day I can be a nurse and have a normal life,” said Demetria.

So far, the bus driver, Jamie Sandy Christmas, has not been charged.

At the time of the crash, officials with the school district called her a “good driver.”

A lieutenant with The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the case will be presented to a grand jury in April.

If you would like to help Demetria with her medical bills, click here to visit her GoFundMe page.

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