Recent Jefferson High School graduate Cirstie Decker is all smiles as she finds the blanket she left on the bus when it crashed in Pennsylvania on the way to New York City for Jefferson senior class trip. The blanket was given to her by underclassmen and fellow soccer players. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Recent Jefferson High School graduate Cirstie Decker is all smiles as she finds the blanket she left on the bus when it crashed in Pennsylvania on the way to New York City for Jefferson senior class trip. The blanket was given to her by underclassmen and fellow soccer players. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — Recent Jefferson graduates who were on the bus that crashed on the way to a class trip in New York City picked up more of their possessions on Friday.

Pillows, blankets, sunglasses, clothing and more items left on the bus after the accident lined tables in the Career Connections Student Center ready to be reunited with owners.

Cirstie Decker was elated to recover the blanket that was gift from underclassmen on the soccer team.

“All the seniors got these and they couldn’t have been cheap,” Decker said. “I’m glad I could get it back.”

Holly Dellinger retrieved a blanket, pillow and perfume, a gift from a friend.

“I just thought they were gone,” she said.

Dellinger said she is finally getting back to normal after the crash.

“I’m doing better than I was,” she said.

The Childers Transportation bus carrying 28 students and three chaperones crashed on May 21 in Liberty Township, Montour County, Pennsylvania, on Interstate 80. The bus was driven off the south side of the highway, sheered off a light post and drove down a 40-foot embankment, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

Injuries were reported by six of the 31 passengers. All were transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, for medical clearance and treatment before release. One chaperone remained in the hospital over night and was released on May 22.

The bus driver, Gordon R. Ooten of Defiance will be cited for failure to drive within a single lane.

To add insult to injury, once the seniors who had been on the bus retrieved their luggage on May 23, they found money, sunglasses and clothing items missing.

The luggage was transported from Pennsylvania to Delphos by Childers employees and assembled in the cafeteria at the high school for pick up.

Students were given contact information for the bus company’s insurance and asked to make a list of all items that were missing and/or damaged to recoup their losses.

Many vendors in New York City that had been paid deposits or in full have agreed to reimburse the students due to their inability to complete the trip.

The Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate the missing money which according to Superintendent Kevin Wolfe, totaled just under $2,000.