Parents of 27 Harrison County students are counting their blessings after a the school bus plummeted over an embankment and ended up in Bingamon Creek on Tuesday.
State police, fire departments from Shinnston and Lumberport, and EMS from Harrison and Marion counties responded to the scene on Joetown Road, outside of Wyatt, around 3:30 p.m.
"The bus was sliding all over the place because it was icy out there, and a coal truck his us, and we flew down over a hill and landed in a creek," said 8-year-old Isaiah Beech, a student on the bus.
"I was scared because I've never been in a crash before," said Analiese Beech, who was also on the bus.
There was a collective sigh of relief from both parents and Harrison County school officials as they found their children out of the school bus and in good spirits.
"The only thing I know for sure is that the driver and the children are all safe," said Anthony Fratto, assistant superintendent of operations for Harrison County Schools.
The 27 students, many of whom go to Big Elm Elementary, were just happy to be back on terra firma with their families.
"I kind of fell out of the seat, and I was trying to grab onto the bars...walked up there and just grabbed onto the seat so I could pull myself because it was kind of hard to walk," said Analiese.
With every miracle comes its heroes.
"Marty, he helped me out of the bus," said Analiese.
"The older kids did an excellent job assisting the driver in getting the younger ones off," said Fratto.
All of the children were evaluated by EMS and released to their parents.
"We'll fix the bus, but everyone got out safe, and that makes me very happy," said Fratto.
A coal truck was also involved in the incident, but state police have not confirmed if it actually collided with the bus, or if weather was a factor.
They are continuing to investigate.