ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Survivors of the nation's deadliest
drunken driving crash are being interviewed for a documentary about
the 1988 tragedy in northern Kentucky.
Quinton Higgins says now that he is a father, he spends more
time thinking about the deadly crash that killed 27 people, many of
them children. The bus was struck on Interstate 71 by a drunken
driver whose blood-alcohol content was .24.
"I don't know why it is, but I tell my kids all the time about
it," he said. "I think more about what happened now than ever."
"Impact: After The Crash" is expected to be released in the
spring of 2012, the News-Enterprise reported
Higgins says it's important to get the word out about the perils
of impaired driving, even if the events of the crash are hard to
"I know a lot of people have had a hard time dealing with the
accident," he said. "I think through this it will help show what
drinking and driving can do... It's the worst drunk driving
accident ever; why wouldn't we want to talk about it to help
The film is directed by Jason Epperson and written and produced
by Daniel Blake Smith.
Higgins was among the 67 people aboard the bus owned by the
First Assembly of God church in Radcliff when a pickup driving the
wrong way on I-71 slammed into the vehicle. The collision jolted
loose the bus' fuel tank, which was then punctured and ignited. The
flames blocked the front entrance, sending screaming children out
the windows and to a bottleneck at the rear exit.
The driver of the pickup truck, 36-year-old Larry Mahoney, was
sentenced to 16 years in prison. He was released after serving 9½
Video clips on the documentary's website showcase another
survivor, Harold Dennis, and the loss of his childhood best friend,
Anthony Marks, as well as television news coverage and other clips.
The website is www.theimpactmovie.com .
Information from: The News-Enterprise,
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