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San Saba: Community supporting those affected by church bus crash

MiKayla Lusty, Hanna Hill, Marissa Diaz.
MiKayla Lusty, Hanna Hill, Marissa Diaz.(KWTX)
Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 10:57 PM CDT
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When tragedy strikes in the small town of San Saba, residents waste no time to help each other.

"We come together and do what we have to do," said San Saba resident Jennifer Stewart.

Jennifer Stewart is the founder of Rapid Inspiration Service Expert or R.I.S.E.

An organization made up of nine volunteers to help the community in San Saba when they're in need.

Stewart says when she heard about a bus with girls from the Father's House Church in San Saba was involved in a wreck she was devastated.

"Everybody knows's everybody, we're all like family," said Stewart.

The bus was heading to a church camp when it came into contact with a pick-up truck on 174 near Blum.

Three people lost their lives.

We've learned it was 39-year-old Jason Jackson and 35-year-old Vera Jackson from Meridian who were in the pick-up truck.

Also killed in the crash was Teresa Hoyt, the driver of the church bus.

Several of the girls were seriously injured and flown to hospitals in Fort Worth.

Stewart immediately began making phone calls and is now helping raise money for three girls who were on the bus and remain in the hospital.

KWTX has learned San Saba Middle School student MiKayla Lusty fractured a number of bones including two broken femurs.

San Saba High School seniors Marisa Diaz is scheduled for back surgery on Tuesday and Hann Hill suffered extensive damaged to her teeth and lacerations to her face.

"A lot of those girls we personally know them, we have seen them grow up," said R.I.S.E member Bobby Trujillo.

This Fourth of July they'll be setting up at the Mill Pond Park in San Saba to raise money.

Trujillo says is the least they can do.

"We're 2-3 hours from a major hospital, they're going to have to commute to pay for gas. Some of this parents will not be able to work due to having to be at the hospital," said Trujillo.

In the meantime, they're also leaning on their faith to welcome them home soon.

"Just pray for our little town, our little community because we need a lot of prayers," Stewart said.

Members of R.I.S.E will be set up at Mill Pond Park on July 4th, starting at 10 a.m. near the beach area.

They'll be selling food and drinks.

All proceeds will go directly to the injured girls.

Mill Pond Park is located on 110 Thomas Stewart Dr, San Saba, TX 76877.

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