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Last school bus wreck victim goes back home

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — The last student injured in the Lee High School bus crash that killed four classmates on Nov. 20 has left the hospital.

Felicia Collier was greeted on her return home Friday — her 18th birthday — with welcome-back banners and balloons.

“It was a thrill, I was happy to see her, I’ve known her since she was a little girl,” said Myra McAllister, a neighbor.

Collier’s mother, Laura Collier, said having her home is “much better.”

Gary Collier told Huntsville television station WAFF his daughter doesn’t remember the bus crash.

The bus was carrying 40 students to the Huntsville Center for Technology when it careened off the I-565 overpass and plunged nearly 30 feet to the street below.

Recovering

With gashes to her face and head, as well as a broken jaw wired shut, Collier has just started to speak and walk.

“Now she’s home, and she’s here with us, and we can rest better,” her mother said.

Collier faces more surgery and isn’t sure when she’ll to be able to finish her senior year.

After graduation, she wants to attend Virginia College
in Huntsville to pursue her dream of becoming a cosmetologist.

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