A Small Town Mourns

In Memphis, survivors of Monday's deadly train collision celebrated. One exclaimed, "Thank God I made it back home!"

But 25 miles south, across the state line in Nesbitt, Miss., Cindy Lipscomb can only choke back tears, reports CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts.

"When I got off and looked at the train," says Lipscomb, "I looked at the fire and I knew it was them... I knew that."

She and her three daughters were on that train. The oldest two, ages 8 and 10, were killed. They were trapped in a sleeping car with Cindy Lipscomb's best friend, June Bonnin.
"She had tremendous faith and courage," Lipscomb said of her friend.

Bonnin, 48, died with her granddaughter, while her own child was injured. The owner of a bed-breakfast in Nesbitt, she had overcome cancer four years ago, and was featured on local television. She was proud to say it was her faith in God and not medicine that pulled her through.

It was a faith she showed even at the end.

Lipscomb's husband, Matt, said "As her daughter was struggling to free herself, and before she could escape, her mother looked at her and said, 'Ashley, don't worry about us. God will take care of us.'"

The Lipscomb family, like the Bonnins, say they are sad, but not bitter. The faith that sustained June through cancer will comfort them now.

"I've been in a puddle of tears," said Cindy Lipscomb. "I will be there again. But I know there is hope and there is joy at the end."

  • CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff

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