Bus crash documentary underway

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By Jeff D’Alessio

Landmark News Service

Now that Quinton Higgins has the future of his own children to worry about, he spends more time thinking about the 1988 bus crash in Carroll County that he survived.

Twenty-seven people perished on that dark interstate.

“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.’’

A documentary, “Impact: After The Crash,” has started production and is expected to be released prior to the 24th anniversary of the nation’s deadliest drunken-driving crash on May 14, 1988.

Higgins said he recently was interviewed for the documentary.

“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 others?’’

On that night, a Radcliff First Assembly of God church bus returning from a trip to King’s Island near Cincinnati was struck by a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Larry Mahoney on I-71. Mahoney, whose blood-alcohol level was .24, was driving northbound in the southbound lane of I-71 when he struck the bus.

Twenty-four children died as well as four adults.

Thirty-four others were injured in the crash. Mahoney was sentenced to 16 years in prison and was released after serving nine and a half years.

Video clips on the documentary’s website showcase Harold Dennis and the loss of his childhood best friend, Anthony Marks, on that fateful night, as well as television news coverage and other clips.

Higgins said he understands some may not want to relive the events of that night and the days and years that followed.

But getting word out about the perils of drinking and driving is important and the documentary is a strong venue for the message.

Information on the website says, “Our documentary will take viewers back to that fateful night – including a dramatic and powerful re-creation of the accident – and then explore how those who lost family and friends have over the years both suffered and recovered from their pain and losses.’’

The documentary is directed by Jason Epperson and written and produced by Daniel Blake Smith.

Learn more about the documentary “Impact: After The Crash” at www.theimpactmovie.com.