Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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May 13, 2013

Survivors prepare for anniversary

LOUISVILLE — They are reaching middle age, in the midst of raising children and building careers. A quarter century has elapsed since an amusement park outing turned into a terrifying night, when they escaped from an old school bus that burst into flames after a drunken driver slammed into it.

Twenty-four children and three adults heading home from the church trip died in the nation’s worst alcohol-related highway catastrophe. It happened on May 14, 1988, along a rural stretch of Interstate 71 near Carrollton, situated between Louisville and Cincinnati.

Forty people, mostly youngsters, managed to escape the flames through windows or the rear exit as the bus turned into a fireball. It took months for some survivors to recover from burns, broken bones and lungs damaged by smoke. But the memories still linger.


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