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Crash survivor says thank you; vigil planned for Sunday

One of the survivors of Tuesday's fatal bus/train collision in Biloxi got a chance to say "thank you" to some of the people who came to her rescue. (Photo source: Felix Gines) One of the survivors of Tuesday's fatal bus/train collision in Biloxi got a chance to say "thank you" to some of the people who came to her rescue. (Photo source: Felix Gines)
Among the Biloxi citizens who offered assistance to the victims of Tuesday's bus/train crash were John Kemp, Garland Andrews, Keitha Pollard, Daniel Burbich, Bubba McIntyre and Gary Williams. (Photo source: Felix Gines) Among the Biloxi citizens who offered assistance to the victims of Tuesday's bus/train crash were John Kemp, Garland Andrews, Keitha Pollard, Daniel Burbich, Bubba McIntyre and Gary Williams. (Photo source: Felix Gines)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Though he no longer lives in East Biloxi, Jerome Harrison was a once long-time resident.

He says he felt compelled to do something to show support for those who survived a recent train-involved bus crash.         

“I had talked to my friends and stuff, and told them I wanted to do something about it because it [hurt]me so bad that it happened,” said Harrison. “The main thing is showing the people of Texas that we really do care you know, and we're sad about what happened."

Harrison reached out to the City of Biloxi, which offered its support. The vigil is set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at in Doris Busch Park.

“I hope I have at least 1,000 or more people,” said Harrison.

Ward 2 councilman Felix Gines praised first responders for their extraordinary work, and saluted residents of the area who stepped forward to help.

One of the survivors of Tuesday's fatal bus/train collision in Biloxi got a chance to say "thank you" to some of the people who came to her rescue. 

Just before leaving town, the unidentified woman decided to return to the scene of the accident. NTSB investigators are still out there collecting evidence, taking photographs and surveying the signage at the railroad crossing.

As the woman walked near the train tracks, several neighbors who were there the day of the accident recognized her as one of the people they helped rescue.

Ward 2 councilman Felix Gines praised first responders for their extraordinary work, and saluted residents of the area who stepped forward to help.

On Thursday afternoon, several of the residents were reunited with one of the crash survivors.

“Those were some great people,” said Gines, “I mean, our residents jumped in and I am so proud of our residents for what they've done.”

As for safety solutions at the Main Street crossing, Gines says it may involve leveling the steep grade that causes low clearance vehicles to get hung up.

While the city will certainly consider any recommendations from NTSB or CSX, closing the crossing is not something he favors.

“I, in particular, don't want to close it. I think we can do the necessary changes to make it safer, to make it better," Gines said. "This is a high traffic area and it's the heartbeat of the community."

SLIDESHOW: First responder's photos capture aftermath of bus/train crash in Biloxi

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