“We’re going to have a long road, but God is good,” Leffew said at a Sunday news conference.
The couple’s nearly 2-year-old child, Chase, was injured in the crash. He was treated and released from a hospital Saturday, hospital spokeswoman Sally Winter said.
The bus had nearly completed its 365-mile journey from Camp CoBeAc, near Prudenville, Mich., when it overturned about a mile from the church, where parents were waiting to pick up their children who had just spent a week praying, zip-lining and playing basketball.
Weindorf, the 51-year-old chaperone who was killed, had five children, Leffew said.
“Tonya was at camp because she has a special-needs child who wanted to go, and she wanted to go and make it a good week, and according to her husband, it was a great week, and that’s who Tonya was,” said Leffew, who sent four of his own daughters to the camp.
Leffew, of Fishers, said only one of his daughters was on a second bus that pulled into the parking lot, and that he raced to the northern Indianapolis crash site. What he found was surreal — clothing and other items strewn about and windows missing from the bus.
“You’re just praying that it’s not as bad as it looks,” he said Saturday. His daughters escaped with bumps and bruises.
Troy Riggs, Indianapolis’ public safety director, called the crash a “great tragedy.”
Duane Lloyd told WTHR that he saw the crash happen about 4:15 p.m., which was about the time Chad Phelps tweeted that the group would arrive at the church.
“I heard a skid. I looked back. I see this bus in the air and people falling out of the bus,” Lloyd said. “I could have gone my whole life without seeing that.”
He said people approached and tried to help.
“People were literally trying to lift the bus,” Lloyd said. “You just try to do what you can do.”
Three of the six hospitalized teens, including the one in critical condition, were at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Winter said Sunday. The other three were at the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The patients had head, arm and leg injuries, fire officials said.
Leffew thanked rescue workers and good Samaritans who tried to help after the crash, as well as local churches and businesses that have offered their support.
“We are so grateful for that outpouring of love and care,” he said Sunday.