A former Pike County bus driver is back home visiting friends for the first time since an accident in March.
Peggy Childers was driving students from Millard School when a gravel truck collided with her bus. No children were seriously injured, but Childers was left unable to walk.
The annual Pike County Schools Bus Driver Appreciation Picnic at Fishtrap Lake is an annual event. But this year, it is also the homecoming of one of their own.
"We are all excited about her being here. She just is an awesome person," Elouise Bordwine, Childers' friend, said.
"We've missed her deeply due to her services because she cared so deeply for the children, the passengers. She was a dedicated driver," Pike County Schools Transportation Director Ancie Casey said.
When former Millard School bus driver Peggy Childers arrived at the picnic, she was met with a thunderous applause from the crowd. She was embraced by many of her friends as she made her way through the line.
Childers is wheelchair-bound and still recovering from her injuries suffered in the accident. But she has faith she will be walk again.
"Everything is going to go fine. Like I said before, the Lord is going to take me through all this. With the prayers of my buddies, I'll be fine," Childers said.
Childers says she is relieved no children were seriously hurt in the wreck, and has a message for them.
"To all my kids on that bus, I love each and every one of you. See you soon," Childers said.
Childers knows she will never drive a bus again, but is hoping to move back to Pike County when she recovers.
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