New documentary about Floyd County bus crash to debut in Eastern Kentucky

Hundreds of people are expected for the premiere of a new and emotional documentary about the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.

The Very Worst Thing re-visits the morning of February 28th, 1958, when a Floyd County school bus carrying 48 elementary and high school students on old U.S. 23 plunged into the Big Sandy River.

26 children and their driver died.

Martha Burchett was one of the 22 survivors.

"The water came in so fierce in the back that it rushed most of us out the back cause I can remember so plain my feet touching the back of the seat, you know and people was grabbing me and tugging at me ... I'm sorry" Burchett said.

John Crum was supposed to be on the bus that morning.
But after deciding to stay home, actually saw the bus go into the river.

"It struck me bad to see children trying to get out of those school bus windows, that was one of the most horrifying things i've ever seen in my life." Crum said.

The documentary also includes interviews with several people who helped in the rescue effort, including the man that found the bus two days after the accident.

It also takes a closer look at what led to the tragedy.

The bodies of 14 children and the driver were found inside the bus. Others floated away. The last victim was found 67 days after the accident.

"I have a clear recollection of Governor A.B. Happy Chandler coming to the scene and us interviewing him and Governor Chandler crying while he was there." Walter May, the CEO of Pikeville Medical Center and radio personality at the time said.

The Very Worst Thing is expected to be shown at film festivals across the country.


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