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If I leave here tomorrow

Would you still remember me?

For I must be traveling on, now

Cause there's too many places I've got to see

But, if I stayed here with you, girl

Things just couldn't be the same

Cause I'm as free as a bird now


Lynyrd Skynyrd 40 years later: Survivors, rescuers return to crash site in Mississippi


JACKSON, Miss. — Forty years ago, a plane attempting to make an emergency landing ran out of fuel and crashed into a wooded stretch of countryside just outside the small town of Gillsburg, Miss.

Surrounding Amite County residents acted quickly, hopping into their vehicles and racing to where they saw the plane go down. 

Many that night would jump into swampy, snake-infested waters, traverse a waist-deep river tributary and help pull victims from the crash site.

Not far away, they banded together with rescue officials and built a makeshift triage before driving some of the victims to the hospital in the beds of their pickup trucks.


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