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Students and faculty mourn loss of middle school teacher

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Posted at 5:46 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-03 07:44:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Students and faculty at a Tallahassee middle school are mourning the loss of one of their own.

"It was very shocking this morning when we heard that she had been killed in a car accident," said Shane Syfrett.

It wasn't news Shane Syfrett, Deerlake Middle School principal expected to hear Wednesday morning.

One of their science teachers killed in a car crash.

"She was very enthusiastic, very creative, we will very much so miss her creative spirit," said Syfrett.

Florida Highway Patrol says it happened around 3:30 this morning.

22-year old Abby Fishburn was driving a red taurus in the wrong direction along interstate-10 when her car hit a large tour bus carrying more than 40 passengers including dozens of students.

"I noticed a lot of smoke but that wasn't really my big concern, my big concern was getting out and getting anyone else help," said Quade Savisky, student on the bus.

A Tallahassee Memorial Hospital spokesperson says 20 passengers checked into the hospital and were all released.

The students on the bus weren't the only children effected by this tragedy, the students in Ms. Fishburn's class are now without a teacher.

"We want to make sure their emotionally set to move on and move forward within the next few weeks of school we have left," said Syfrett.

This was Fishburn's first year teaching, a graduate of Florida State University, who the Syfrett says loved teaching.

"She was doing an excellent job of it, she made learning fun for our students, and they wanted to be in her class," said Syfrett.

She certainly won't be forgotten. They're already planning to plant a tree right outside of her classroom.