Wilson students return to school after deadly wreck

School is back in session at Wilson High School today, but according to the principal attendance is irrelevant after the school lost three of its own in a car wreck.

Posted: Apr. 30, 2018 11:12 AM
Updated: May. 1, 2018 9:56 AM

Tyler Nelson, Coby Hines, and Braden Turner were all killed in a car crash Thursday night.


WAAY 31 stopped by their school Monday to see how students and administrators are handling the first day back after the community had the weekend to let the shock of the wreck sink in.

"The healing is not overnight. It will take days, weeks, months, years to come," Jacob Blasingame, Wilson High School junior, said.

Blasingame played football with Tyler Nelson and Braden Turner. He knew Coby Hines too.

"They were always making people laugh, smile. I don't know if there was a better smile than Tyler's. It was something you had to see," Blasingame said.

He told WAAY 31 that seeing his community pour out love and support for his friends and their families has been a bright spot in these overall dark days.

"I knew we were a special community and a special school, but this has really brought it to the next level. There's been so much support for each other in everything," Blasingame said.

Wilson High School principal Gary Horton told WAAY 31 this loss is something the school will get through but never get over.

"The atmosphere of seeing kids off campus is a lot different than when they come in the doors. We had counselors available, we had clergymen available, and all we want to do is support our kids," Horton said.

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