HENRYVILLE, Ind. (CNN) -- A school bus driver in Henryville, Indiana had to outrun March's devastating EF4 tornado with nearly a dozen children on board. She got them to safety just minutes before the bus is tossed around by the twister.
It is 3:15 p.m. March 2nd, storm sirens are wailing and the 36,000 pound school bus is no match for the tornado. With debris flying and lightning flashing, the bus moves across the parking lot and slams into a car and then is lifted and carried across the road, crashing into a diner.
The bus microphones even pick up the sound of glass breaking inside the restaurant.
But on the bus, just thirteen minutes earlier, eleven children were heading home, dismissed early because of the threat of severe weather.
Perry: Are you guys okay?
Angel Perry, the bus driver, is scrambling to find a place to take cover.
"We're going to go to the Baptist Church too. I don't know what else to do," she says over the radio.
As the skies darken, the chatter increases on the bus and the radio.
Dispatch: I know you're busy
Child: We should go back to the school.
Perry: Shh. Quiet.
The bus was nearly three mile from school.
"And I stopped the bus for a second, put my hands down and I said, 'Dear Lord, what do I do?'" said Perry.
You can hear Perry in the video as she makes her decision to turn the bus around and asks a high schooler for help.
Perry: We're going back to the school. Count how many kids we have please.
Perry: Eleven. Thank you so much. If anybody needs to call their parents we're going back to the school.
Child: I do. I don't know my parent's phone number.
Perry: We'll call when we get to school.
Radio: Henryville - there is a tornado on the ground.
Perry: Tornado on the ground, guys. Quiet!
Perry: If you got a book to put over your head, do it. Get in the middle.
The bus is now a minute and a half from the school
Perry: There's the tornado right there guys. Look, the funnel cloud.
Perry is anxious but has calm instructions for her precious cargo.
Perry: Don't block me truck. Don't block me. Guys, we're just going to go as fast as we can into the school.
The bus pulls up to the school.
Perry: Everybody stay together, our group together. Yeah, go go go go go go go go!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven (child cries), eight, nine…Come on! Come on! Ten, eleven, go! go! go!
Just three minutes later, Perry's cell phone is still in the driver's seat and the bus is blown away.
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