School Buses Still Considered Safest Student Transport Five Years After Deadly Lee High Crash

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Five years have passed since a school bus carrying Lee High School students in Alabama plunged off Interstate 565, killing four and injuring dozens.

The only sign of the crash that killed Christine Collier, Nicole Ford, Tanesha Hill and Crystal McCrary is a memorial marker erected along Church Street downtown, near the spot where the bus landed. New students inhabit their school, where Principal Paul Parvin says their deaths are still marked with a moment of silence each year.

A lot has changed at Lee since Nov. 20, 2006, though.

The school that the victims knew will soon be gone - the Lee Generals await their move into a new $42 million building on the school's campus. The school's name is in limbo - a planned merger with New Century Technology High School has prompted discussion, and protest, about a name change.

Even the Huntsville Center for Technology, where the busload of students was headed that fateful fall morning, may soon be no more. New Superintendent Casey Wardynski wants to move the center's programs into the district's high schools and use the vacated building for administrative offices.

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