Teachers travel to Ohio to visit children orphaned in wreck

Teachers travel to Ohio to visit children orphaned in wreck

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The three teachers made their way to Dayton, Ohio to visit the Barhorst children. The three teachers made their way to Dayton, Ohio to visit the Barhorst children.
The four children were injured, but are expected to survive. The four children were injured, but are expected to survive.
6 News spoke with teachers Becky Ogle, Betsy West, and Melissa Moree through video chat on their way back from the visit. 6 News spoke with teachers Becky Ogle, Betsy West, and Melissa Moree through video chat on their way back from the visit.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) – Three Madisonville teachers drove more than 600 miles Thursday morning to visit their students orphaned by a Sunday car crash.

Ohio State Police say a car driving the wrong way on I-75 outside of Cincinnati hit the Barhorst family's car head on. The parents, Scott and Michele Barhorst, died in the crash. Their four children were injured, but are expected to survive.

The three teachers made their way to Dayton, Ohio to visit the Barhorst children.

The oldest, Tyler, 18, has been released, but the three girls remain in the hospital.

6 News spoke with teachers Becky Ogle, Betsy West, and Melissa Moree through video chat on their way back from the visit.

"They seemed very excited about us being there and they didn't even know that we were coming. I got to share with Logan some cards," said Becky Ogle, Logan's teacher. "I got to read some cards to her, she just sat there and listened and smiled."

Dozens of Madisonville residents brought cards and gifts Wednesday night for the children orphaned by Sunday's crash. Ogle, West, and Moree delivered wagons filled with presents to the hospital in Ohio where the children's grandparents were there to meet them.

"They were precious people and very appreciative of our visit and the gifts and couldn't believe in the short time [the Barhorst] had been in Madisonville that people reached out like they have," said West.

They were able to see all three girls, including nine-year-old Hailie who remains in ICU.

"We told her we were there for her and talked to her like she was awake that's what they said to do," Moree said. "We told her how much we missed her and how much we loved her.

Eight-year-old Tori has a broken femur.

The children said they loved the presents.

"[Tori] wanted a stuffed animal on each side. We gave her one stuffed animal to snuggle up with and she wanted another one of the other side. She was excited about the Kindle. She said she liked to read and play games," West said of the reaction to the gifts.

A Kindle Fire was donated by the school for each child.

West said the children are aware their parents died in the accident, but said 11-year-old Logan was being strong about the news. 

"She said it's hard and I said I know it's hard and it's supposed to be. It wouldn't be any other way, and I said, 'You know you all didn't die in that accident for a reason,'" West said describing her conversation. "'You're here because there's a purpose for you.'"

The children are all expected to recover, but have a long road ahead.

If you would like to help, the Barhorst's church St. Joseph the Worker Church in Madisonville is collection donations for an education fund for the children.

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