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Film on Prestonsburg bus crash to premiere

Posted on December 30, 2009
The Very Worst Thing, a documentary on the deadly 1958 school bus crash in Prestonsburg, Ky., features interviews with people affected by the tragedy and original pictures from the scene, including this one.
The Very Worst Thing, a documentary on the deadly 1958 school bus crash in Prestonsburg, Ky., features interviews with people affected by the tragedy and original pictures from the scene, including this one.

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — A documentary on one of the worst school bus crashes in U.S. history will premiere in February in Prestonsburg, where the tragedy took place more than 50 years ago.

In the 1958 accident, 27 students and their bus driver were killed when the bus struck a wrecker truck and plunged into the Big Sandy River. Twenty-two children were able to escape, but the others drowned in the raging, icy floodwaters.

The bus was swept downstream and submerged. It took rescue workers two days to find and remove it from the river.

The documentary, The Very Worst Thing, features interviews with people affected by the tragedy, including a survivor of the accident, friends and family of several victims, and emergency personnel who responded. The film also includes original pictures from the scene of the accident.

“It’s a story about finding strength during the most difficult of circumstances,” the documentary’s Website says.

The Very Worst Thing is slated to appear nationally at film festivals beginning in spring 2010.

The film’s trailer can be viewed below. For more information, go to www.theveryworstthing.com. For tickets to the Feb. 19 premiere, click here.


Related Topics: history, school bus crash

Comments ( 5 )
  • Dale

     | about 3 years ago

    My dad worked in the Volunteer Rescue Squad in Morristown, TN when this happened and they went up to help in the search and recovery. I remember my dad telling us stories about it and he had an old Brownie projector where they recorded it and them dragging the river. I'm not sure of the accuracy of this but I remember being told that a lot of bodies were found in the tree limbs of a fallen tree in the river.....When a crane lifted it out of the water. My dad received a Citation of Outstanding Service Award that was signed by all the parents. That award was something he was proud of and still hangs in his house to this day....Even after his death.

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