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Continued: In face of tragedy, she was strong

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 16, 2007 - 12:52 AM

She was reunited with her husband, David, and their 8-year-old, who skipped the field trip, about an hour later at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She requested the ambulance driver take her there because that's where her sister works as a surgical technician.

Dahl returned home to Anoka three days after the collapse. She said Arrianna has been emotional in the two weeks since the collapse, while her youngest son talks about it constantly to help with his healing.

Doctors say Dahl can't return to her 10th year as a First Student driver until at least November because of her back injury. She wishes she would be back on her route in St. Anthony when school starts next month.

"The kids and parents will be on the corner waiting for me and I won't be there," she said. "Those kids are mine when they're on that bus. They have parents at home, but I'm their parent on the bus."

She said the whole ordeal has changed her outlook on life.

"It could have been way worse," Dahl said. "Everything is unpredictable in day-to-day life and that's why you can't take it for granted. Every day you put your feet on the floor is a good day."

She has thought often of Eickstadt and the other families that have lost loved ones.

"What happened was a freak accident," she said. "And nothing can ever take that day back."

Curt Brown • 651-673-4767

Curt Brown • curt.brown@startribune.com

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