Carrollton, Kentucky: 1988 School Bus Disaster

Official green highway sign flags the site of a 1980s calamity, but provides no details. The head-on drunk driver collision, and subsequent fire, killed 25 children, an adult chaperon, and the bus driver.

Address:
I-71, Carrollton, KY
Directions:
The signs are on both the northbound and southbound sides of I-71, between mileposts 40 and 41. Roughly 2.5 miles south of exit 43, or 6.5 miles north of exit 34.
Hours:
Drive-by only. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Site of Historic Bus Crash

Site of the May 14, 1988 bus crash in which drunk driver Larry Wayne Mahoney collided with a church bus. 27 people on the bus were killed. The accident is considered a landmark because numerous changes to drunk driving and bus safety laws were enacted as a result.

There is only a sign marking the spot on the highway, and no safe place to pull off.

[Charles Cornett, 03/21/2018]

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