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New beginnings spark when fates collide in backyard

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“I wasn't’ scared of dying.  I didn't’ want to go without telling people goodbye, but when you’re faced with that, if you’re at peace with it, we’re all going to die someday,” said crash survivor Amber Lyons. “I wasn't’ scared of dying. I didn't’ want to go without telling people goodbye, but when you’re faced with that, if you’re at peace with it, we’re all going to die someday,” said crash survivor Amber Lyons.
"I was thinking maybe two computers, no, not two, ten computers.  We now have a computer math lab," said Jan Coffman. "I was thinking maybe two computers, no, not two, ten computers. We now have a computer math lab," said Jan Coffman.
It was in Pinson, Tennessee in Madison County that a nearly fatal crash would cause fates to collide in 2014. It was in Pinson, Tennessee in Madison County that a nearly fatal crash would cause fates to collide in 2014.
(WMC) - It was a Valentine's Day Bill and Amber Lyons will not soon forget.

"Next thing I knew, I'm being tossed about like a rag doll, and I'm hurting literally from head to toe," said plane crash survivor Amber Lyons. 

It was in Pinson, Tennessee in Madison County that a nearly fatal crash would cause fates to collide in 2014.

"I was watching the airplane on the iPad, and I could see we were not on that little straight line," said survivor Amber Lyons. 

Despite a stormy forecast, the two were traveling from Missouri back home to Florence, Alabama onboard their personal plane.

"I had previously declared emergency, because at the altitude we were, we couldn't fly any distance.  I made the decision to put the plane down at the first opportunity," said crash survivor Bill Lyons. 

Unable to see anything because of darkness and rain, the opportunity came sooner than expected. The couple crash landed in a muddy field near the home of Bobby and Jan Coffman. 

"Amber was laying on the ground, beside the plane, in the mud, mud was everywhere that night. I covered her up with towels and took my coat off and put my coat on her and began to talk to her. As she was laying in the mud, she said thank you," said good Samaritan Jan Coffman.

Bill's wife, Amber, actually grew up ten miles from where the plane crashed into the ground. To see more pictures of the crash, click here.

"One of the first questions I asked when Mr. Coffman came to the door was where are we and he told me we were in Pinson, Tennessee and of course I'm very familiar with Pinson, Tennessee," said Bill Lyons.

"I felt I was in good hands.  I was born there. I was baptized there. We married there. We still have lots of friends there," said Amber Lyons.

Now the Lyons have even more friends, Jan Coffman's students at George Thomas Jr. Academy in Jackson, TN. 

"We knew it was here but never had a connection to it until now.  It would have never happened had it not been for the crash," said Bill Lyons.

Coffman is the principal at the school and to show their gratitude, the Lyons donated new computers to the school in Coffman's honor. 

"I was thinking maybe two computers, no, not two, ten computers. We now have a computer math lab," said Jan Coffman. 

There are now new beginnings all because fates collided in a backyard.

"Oh I don't think the circle is over with yet.  I think there's gonna be a lot more to this story.  We have a new family," added Jan Coffman.  

Amber Lyons is a two-time survivor. In addition to surviving the crash that broke twenty bones, she also beat stage four colon cancer.

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