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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A bus traveling back to Kansas City from visiting Pope Francis in Philadelphia blew a tire. The bus, filled with more than 50 people, finally veered off Interstate 70 and rolled to a stop in the middle of a corn field in Indiana. This was shortly after the front right tire blew out.

“It sounded like it just exploded completely, a huge explosion,” said Dino Durando who was on that bus. He is also the Family Life Office Director for the Diocese.

Durando thought it was the end. The bus headed straight toward a tree and narrowly missed head-on collision. Three people were sent to the hospital for minor injuries.

“That huge branch took out front of the bus including glass and everything else,” he said

Six buses carrying 300 people were headed back to Kansas City after a pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see the Pope. Durando says he’s still in shock two days after it happened.

“It was really a miracle. There was no reason why we didn’t flip over or didn’t hit the tree,” Durando said.

This wasn’t the only set back riders encountered. On the way to Philadelphia, another bus broke down because of engine trouble. But Durando says problems are to be expected.

“I’m pretty used to seeing attempts by the evil one to slow us down, if I can say it that way,” he said.

Although stranded, Durando relied on faith to get him through. While waiting for another bus to arrive, the group had mass at a truck stop diner to thank god for keeping them safe.

Three were sent to the hospital with minor injuries, but were released within hours and able to travel back to Kansas City with the rest of the group.