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We Remember The 1958 Floyd County Bus Accident

Monday night, we'll begin a series on the 50th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in Eastern Kentucky's history.

On February 28th, 1958, a Floyd County school bus plunged into the flooded Big Sandy River. 26 students and the bus driver died. 22 others survived.

Rebecca Jarrell lost her only two children and she's questioned why some were spared that day, while others didn't make it.

"Wasn't I the mother I should have been? I've questioned that. Was I the mother I should have been that I had to give my kids up, but I don't know, but one thing's for sure, when I leave here, I can go be with them," Jarrell said.

The last body wasn't recovered from the river until May, several weeks after the accident.

Our four part series on the 50th anniversary of the Floyd County bus disaster begins Monday night at six on WYMT.


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