"I looked at my husband and said, 'Did they just say Jessica's name? Is there another Jessica Taylor in her school?' " her mother said. "So we were all very shocked."
Nine other students were chosen to stand in the front row to see the explosion - among them, Jessica's twin sister, Anna.
"That was just the luckiest thing," Casebolt said. "They came from different classes in the school and their forms came in on different days and everything."
The girls' older brother, a fifth-grader at the school, wasn't chosen, but their mom said he's been good-natured about the whole thing.
"He actually wanted it to be them," she said. "He said he wanted them to get to do it."
A portion of the bridge - the half on the St. Albans side of the Kanawha River - was blasted last week. Crews will finish the job on the Nitro side at 10 a.m. Friday.
It's being cleared to make way for a newer, safer bridge at a cost of about $23 million. That bridge is expected to be completed in November.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.