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Signs Marking Site of Fatal Bus Crash Temporarily Removed
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 8:32AM CST

Signs marking the site of a 1988 fatal bus crash near Carrollton have been temporarily removed during a project to replace signs along the entire length of I-71 in Kentucky.

Some local residents would prefer the signs stay down permanently. They feel the signs unfairly connect Carrollton to the accident. The signs originally read "site of Carrollton bush crash;" however, they were later changed to read "site of fatal bus crash." Families of accident victims want the signs returned.

On May 14, 1988, a drunk driver collided head on with a church bus. Twenty-seven passengers on the bus were killed by the ensuing inferno. Forty other passengers were injured.

More information: Hardin County News Enterprise: Signs at site of crash taken down temporarily (Nov. 13, 2003) [Outside Link]

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Comment posted by QUINTON HIGGINS JR. on 19-Nov-2003 11:40AM CST
I WAS ON THAT BUS THAT TRAGIC NIGHT,I AM 31 NOW AND HAVE TWO LITTLE GIRLS 10 AND 6.WE HAVE GONE TO KINGS ISLAND MANY TIMES SINCE THE ACCIDENT.AND I KNOW EACH AND EVERY TIME I GO AROUND THAT CURVE AND SEE THAT SIGN I FEEL RELIEVED THAT PEOPLE STILL REMEMBER OUR ACCIDENT AND KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU DRINK AND DRIVE.THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT TRAVEL I 71 EACH YEAR THAT SEE THAT SIGN, PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD,AND IM SURE SOME OF THEM ARE TOUCHED BY SEEING THAT SIGN AND SOME EVEN REMEMBER THAT ACCIDENT SOME EVEN GO HOME AND TELL THERE FAMILY AND FRIENDS NOT TO EVER DRINK AND DRIVE.
I KNOW THAT SIGN MAKES A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE EVERY TIME WE DRIVE PAST IT, MY 10 YEAR OLD WHO HAS HEARD EVERY STORY YOU CAN THINK OF ABOUT THE BUS CRASH,ASK ME A NEW QUESTION EVERY TIME,SO IM FORCED TO TELL A STORY THAT GOD WON'T LET ME FORGET NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY,BECAUSE I SEE IN HER EYE'S THAT SHE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT SIGN AND MY STORIES FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.......SO IM AM VERY SORRY THAT THE TOWN OF CARROLLTON A FEW THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY WHAT THIS SIGN SAYS ,IT DOES NOT COMPARE TO WHAT MAY GO THOU THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE'S MINDS THAT WILL PASS THAT SIGN FOR YEARS TO COME.
 
Comment posted by Cindy Tunnell on 12-Apr-2004 5:08AM CDT
I for one saw the sign while driving on I 71 during a vacation. I could not remember what the crsh was....so when I got home from vacation, I looked it up on the internet. It was then that I remembered the wreck.....I for one hope the signs stay up for ever so that the rest of the world can remember what happened that horrible day. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE
 
Comment posted by saundra jordan on 28-Apr-2004 8:02PM CDT
 
Comment posted by - on 28-Jun-2004 2:35AM CDT
I never knew about the crash until on my way down to texas I saw the sign. It stuck in my head for a few weeks and I finally looked it up on the internet.
 
Comment posted by Scott Hagberg on 30-Jun-2004 7:31AM CDT
I drive from Cabot,Ar. to Russell,Pa. 2 or 3 times a year.I've always seen that sign but didn't know details until now.I believe those people and their tragic deaths need to be remembered.I didn't know so many were killed.
 
Comment posted by Adam Hatfield on 8-Jul-2004 8:53PM CDT
I saw the signs on my way down to Reelfoot Lake Tennesee. I had to look it up out of curiousity. Im glad the signs are there because I'm sure it can really have an effect on people who care to learn about it.
 
Comment posted by SC, Cleveland, Ohio on 23-Jul-2004 8:37PM CDT
I saw this sign last week going to TN to visit family (family I got to see again) and then saw it again on the way home to Ohio. I had seen it before, but didn't know the details. I wrote a note to look it up and finally did. My friend that was with me on this trip and said she remembered hearing about it, how horrible it was, and that several people died. She remembered also that the accident was due to a drunk driver. What a tragic ending for a group of inocent people who expected to get home after a vacation. I'm sure they are in God's memory. Most want to continue to drive our highways, however, hopefully signs like these will serve as a reminder to keep alert as much as possible since there are still wreckless, irresponsible individuals out there that, even though they may not set out to kill inocent people - - they still bear the responsibility for deaths they cause because they CHOSE to be on the road after drinking thus risking others lives. I'm in favor of the signs staying, and my heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones on that day, May 14, 1988, and to anyone who has lost a loved one.
 
Comment posted by BR, Miamisburg, Ohio on 28-Jul-2004 1:29AM CDT
I saw the signs again today, in both directions. I've seen them a few times going to Nashville and finally I told my 14-yr-old daughter to write it down so I would remember to look it up. I had no idea what was so bad about the crash that there were signs up so I had to look it up. Obviously, I'm "not from around here". The sign is a huge understatement. It should indicate that it was a drunk driving accident. Maybe "The 27 dead and 40 injured here would like to remind you not to drink and drive. 14 May 1988" or something. I'm not too great with words. I'm glad that I remembered to look it up, now I can explain the signs and the accident to my almost 15-yr-old daughter before she starts driving.
 
Comment posted by Ashley Taylor on 2-Aug-2004 1:28AM CDT
I'm a 15 year old girl that saw that sign on my way to my grandmother's house in Bardstown Kentucky from Kentucky Kingdom with my aunt and my 2 little brothers. I was very curious and i asked my aunt about it and she said that it was a crash with a bus and many were killed. i wrote it down and when i got back home to dale city virginia i looked it up on the internet. its sad that it happened and that that person was so stupid and ignorant to drink and drive. I'm am very sorry that this happened. I wish i could make it better but i know i can't but there is one thing i can do and it is to tell everyone to DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE! that might not stop alot of people but everyone says that the kids are our future so why don't they listen to us. not just adults are seeing this but kids my age and younger are realizing that it is a bad thing and i'm glad to see that but some just don't get it threw their heads. As for the signs coming down and not going back up i would have to say that they need to stay up because so many people go by and see it and feel bad and maybe some people get it threw their heads by seeing that. it would be really wrong to take it down because the victim's friends and family need a rememberance of some sort. when you go down the road and see little signs with peoples pictures and names and flowers on them because they have died there in a crash or something you don't see anyone taking those down do you??? well i guess thats all i have to say. i'm sorry that i am writing so late but i just came back from kentucky today. Thank you for listening!
 
Comment posted by MSC, Flint, Mich. on 24-Aug-2004 1:16PM CDT
I was traveling along I-65 en route from Michigan to Florida on spring break that very night 16 years ago when the tragic accident happened. My friends and I later guessed we were probably in Kentucky when the crash occured. It felt strange being so close to such a horrible event. I had mostly forgotten about it until this summer when I took my kids to Mammoth Cave and we passed by the sign on the highway. I told my children – ages 13, 10 and 7 – what I remembered about the crash. I couldn't remember much, so I looked it up on the internet. I didn't realize so many people were killed. I think that appropriate modest sign should remain on the highway so people won't forget the innocent people who lost their lives that night.
 
Comment posted by Laura on 6-Sep-2004 9:28PM CDT
I was traveling from Saint Louis to Cincinnatti the other day & I saw that sign. I was very curious about what had happened there, so I looked it up on the internet when we returned home. I figured it had to be a very tragic accident in order for a sign to be put up & if anyone were to take it down, it would be very insensitive! The people of Carrollton County should not be so selfish in thinking that their 'image' is the only reason that the signs should not be up. They should be glad that they are - maybe their own kids will look at those signs and remember what a tragic accident that happened on May 14,1988 & remember the consequences of what happens when you drink and drive. Taking those signs down would be the most disrespectful thing that you could do for (not only the people who lost their lives on that horrid day), but, also their families, who still hold all of those families deep in their hearts and memories.
 
Comment posted by Laura on 6-Sep-2004 9:29PM CDT
I was traveling from Saint Louis to Cincinnatti the other day & I saw that sign. I was very curious about what had happened there, so I looked it up on the internet when we returned home. I figured it had to be a very tragic accident in order for a sign to be put up & if anyone were to take it down, it would be very insensitive! The people of Carrollton County should not be so selfish in thinking that their 'image' is the only reason that the signs should not be up. They should be glad that they are - maybe their own kids will look at those signs and remember what a tragic accident that happened on May 14,1988 & remember the consequences of what happens when you drink and drive. Taking those signs down would be the most disrespectful thing that you could do for (not only the people who lost their lives on that horrid day), but, also their families, who still hold all of those families deep in their hearts and memories.
 
Comment posted by SG Columbus, OH on 9-Sep-2004 8:00AM CDT
I was on my way to Barren River lake to see family when I saw the sign. When I got home i looked it up, and couldn't believe it. and to think that guy got only less than 6months of time per innocent person dieing is just not right if u ask me. I think the sign should stay up. To the people on that bus u are in my prayers tonight and everynight. May God bless u.
 
Comment posted by SG Columbus, OH on 9-Sep-2004 8:00AM CDT
I was on my way to Barren River lake to see family when I saw the sign. When I got home i looked it up, and couldn't believe it. and to think that guy got only less than 6months of time per innocent person dieing is just not right if u ask me. I think the sign should stay up. To the people on that bus u are in my prayers tonight and everynight. May God bless u.
 
Comment posted by on 22-Sep-2004 10:18PM CDT
I've driven by the sign many times within the past ten years and not once did I associate it with the town.
 
Comment posted by Dean H - Campbell, TX on 12-Oct-2004 7:37AM CDT
 
Comment posted by Dean H - Campbell, TX on 12-Oct-2004 7:48AM CDT
I'll try again to post this.
A couple of weeks ago our neice Erin, her husband Matt and baby Reland, age 3 came from Washington state to visit. We enjoyed remembering Dwaila, Erins' older sister killed in the crash and and thought how she would have enjoyed a family of her own. I made a comment I wondered if anyone remembered her and the 26 others. My husband Jack was at her funeral as she was laid to rest. I never knew there was a sign until tonight when I looked up the driver of the truck to see what happened to him. I think the sign is an honor to these families and their loved ones. I think it's a good reminder that drinking kills and that our remaining family is precious.
 
Comment posted by Salamon A Masud on 21-Oct-2004 2:15AM CDT
I PASS THAT SIGN MANY TIMES. I THOUGHT TO MYSLEF WHERE WAS I ON THAT VERY DAY TIME WHEN CRASH TOOK PLACE .THE CRASH HAPPENED ALMOST TWENTY YEARS AGO.I WONDER WHAT WENT TROUGH THIER MIND AT THAT VERY MOMENT .WHEN I SAW THE SIGN I THOUGHT IT MUST HAVE BEEN GRAYHOUND BUS .I WAS JUST SO CURIOUS ABOUT THAT ACCIDENT.I WAS SO SAD I HAD TO LOOK IT UP .DRINKING LEADS TO SENSELESS DESTRUCTION.
 
Comment posted by Robert on 19-Aug-2009 8:11PM CDT
Ive seen that sign a few times when I went tolouisville Ky Ive seen the senseless destruction that it causes the bottom line is its just not worth all the risks let a lone the health problems but what man did was uncalled for look the lifes that it ruined for nothing oneof My co workers daughter was killed by a drunk she just turned 29 yrs old when it happend the young the man was 23 yrs old when hekilled My co workers daughter right now the man is severing 2 life terms because he not only killed her also a friend of hers it happend in grove city Ohio they were hit from behind when they were at a stop sign they were on a motorcycle when it happend take care not chances its not worth gambleing with your life or someone elses
 
Comment posted by Danny Baker on 10-Sep-2009 2:44AM CDT
I have read through alot of comments that some have wrote.. I to have never associated that LITTLE sign with a town to wich you cant even see. HUH!! Go figure. Its always some bad apple that wants to ruin the whole tree.. But anyway I just wanted to say that I have in the past 13 year drove past that sign. I remembered it today to call my wife and have her look it up.. And OMG! i'm sorry to hear that the low life that caused that wreck didn't die. Its a very sad story to hear and read about but to see that he only got 16 year and only servrd 11 THATS SAD! For the 31 year old that was in this mess. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS!
 
Comment posted by Angela White on 13-Sep-2009 9:34AM CDT
My husband is a truck driver and he just called me to have me look up the town and the accident. It really hit him hard. He has been all over the world and never has anything got to him the way the sign did. I think it should remain there forever... Makes people really think about what happened and not to take life for granted. I'm am so sorry for the lifes it affected and I want to send our regards to the families. I am just so upset that the drunk driver didn't even get a year or five for each life that he took. Whats up with the judicial system. You get more time dealing drugs.
 
Comment posted by Woodie on 24-Sep-2009 2:10PM CDT
I think the same sign should be put on the front lawn of every convicted drunk driver in America.
 
Comment posted by David M. on 4-Oct-2009 1:50PM CDT
My wife and I noticed the sign while traveling from New Orleans to Ohio. I wrote it down on a pad to look it up when we returned home. I think the sign should stay as it has historical significance to bus safety and MADD, not to mention as a memorial to all those who perished. It is also a sobering reminder of Drinking and Driving.
 
Comment posted by JAMES ROYAL on 12-Oct-2009 4:29AM CDT
I HAVE SEEN THE SIGNS MANY TIMES IN THE 12 YEARS I HAVE BEEN AN OVER-THE-ROAD TRUCK DRIVER & ALWAYS MEANT TO LOOK IT UP. TODAY I DID & WAS SURPRISED AT THE EASE OF FINDING IT DUE TO THE 27 FATALITIES & THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON LAWS INVOLVING DRUNK DRIVING. I AM A RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC WITH 28 YEARS OF SOBRIETY. I KNOW THAT THE TIMES I DROVE DRUNK, I, (& EVERYONE AROUND ME) WAS FORTUNATE NOT TO SUFFER THE SAME FATE AS THOSE ON THAT BUS. WE NEED TO ENACT STRICTER LAWS ON DRUNK DRIVERS ON THE 1ST OFFENSE-1 YEAR IN JAIL MANDATORY WITH EXTENSIVE AA PARTICIPATION . THIS KEEPS THEM OFF THE ROAD & GIVES THEM KNOWLEDGE OF ALCOHOLISM. FINES, LOSS 0F LICENSE, PROBATION & SUSPENDED SENTENCES DO NOTHING THEY DON'T KEEP THE DRUNK DRIVER OFF THE ROAD, WHICH THE PUBLIC DESERVES. REPEAT OFFENDERS STOP DRUNK DRIVING ONLY WHEN THEY'RE PUT IN JAIL. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY KILL PEOPLE BEFORE THEN. GOD BLESS THE VICTIMS & THEIR FAMILIES.
 
Comment posted by Elaine V on 12-Oct-2009 7:59AM CDT
I agree with the many who state the sign is NOT a reflection on Carrollton, but a reminder of the tragedies associated with drinking and driving. Smart to take the town's name "Carrollton" out of the title. I hope that will remove whatever stigma might possibly exist. I for one never considered an association between the town itself and the crash.
 
Comment posted by Tracy from Cincinnati Ohio on 27-Oct-2009 11:11AM CDT
I lived in Louisville Ky from March 2004 til the end of that yr. I drove 6days a week to and from Cincinnati, every trip my husband and I made we would see the sign. I was only 8 the year the fatal crash happened. My husband and I would always talk bout the sign when we would pass it.....wondering what happend that night. I was layin in bed last night and something made me think bout that sign....I looked it up today....and after reading every that I've read bout that night......my heart hurts. There is nothing wrong with the sign being up.....if it was a car on car crash people would of put up crosses remembering the ones they love and lost....and the night of May 14th 1988 many lives were taken and many were injuried and everyday the family of the ones that were taken and injuried and the ones who were injuried have to remember that day....so I believe that sign should remain on I-71!!!
 
Comment posted by Rocky from Lafayette, Louisiana on 28-Nov-2009 7:29PM CST
I used to live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I now live in Lafayette, Louisiana. I used and still do travel I-71 to get to my dads house. Over 15 Years I have seen that sign and every year I forget to look it up to see what happened. This time I wrote it down and looked it up when I got home. That sign always sticks in my head. Remember don't drink and drive. I to think that the sign should remain on I-71 forever.
 
Comment posted by Thom on 6-Dec-2009 8:58PM CST
The Residents of Carrollton are aware when ever there's a disaster involving a standard vehicle (like a car or school bus), structure (like a house, or city block), or incident (such as a riot); the disaster is named after the town or a noble object near by (such as a river if involved. It does not reflect the town this has been a rule of thumb for years.

Put the signs back original form (Site of Carrollton bus crash), not "Site of fatal bus crash" because, what fatal bus crash, it's to basic, we use that logic the roads would be covered with "site of fatal... crash". (May they rest in peace.)
 
Comment posted by Jason from Columbus on 7-Dec-2009 11:33PM CST
I lived in Radcliff during the time of the crash. A lot of the victims and survivors went to the same middle school I went to. I see that sign and remember the good friends that are no longer with us, and the friends that lived through it. It was because of this accident that a member of my family gave up alcohol for good. I hope the sign stays up. They deserve to be remembered for saving at least 1 more life. My thoughts and prayers with you all.
 
Comment posted by Jessica on 10-Dec-2009 11:29PM CST
I drive by the signs on my way to and from school every week and each time I do I turn off my radio and say a quick prayer for all those lost in the crash. It's a reminder to be thankful for what we have and to never put our lives or the lives of others in danger by drinking and driving. It would be a mistake to ever take those signs down.
 
Comment posted by Jessica Gilliland from Alabama to Ohio on 11-Dec-2009 5:26AM CST
I to was just 8 years old when the accident took place, but I have traveled from Ohio to Alabama and Alabama to Ohio several times and saw the signs and I to assumed that it was a grey hound bus. I went home for thanksgiving and I saw the signs again, only this time I was determined to look it up and find out just what took place that day on May 14th 1988. I was very shocked to have read all that I have. I am even more shocked that the court system would'nt give "him" more time than that. We don't have to worry about "him" because he according to what I have read lives just 10 miles away from the crash site and I would imagine that he goes thru alot of stuff every single day of his life. I would like the signs to remain where they are due to the fact that PEOPLE DO NOTICE. PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.
 
Comment posted by Kenny Wright on 17-Dec-2009 4:42PM CST
I grew up in Radcliff, where the busload of passengers was from. I was 13 at the time and supposed to go on the trip myself. I lost many friends that day. It was an unmeasurable tragedy for us. I found this web page after reading of another bus accident in Prestonburg, Kentucky 30 years earlier also claiming 27 lives, and also mostly school children. From what I've read, there's no marker at all at the accident site. The parents of those children opposed a monument, which was placed elswhere from the actual crash site. That tragedy was from a collision with a tow truck - ruled a no-fault accident. I've read many posts here and it's obvious the signs make an impression on passerby's. If the sign added it was a drunk-driving accident and children were killed, more motorists would look it up when they got to where they were going. This is an opportunity to inform, educate and change & save lives.
 
Comment posted by Disturbed By This News! on 19-Dec-2009 1:49PM CST
I TOTALLY agree with Kenny Wright on this! I also believe you should put the original sign up! It makes it easier for people to find on the internet and does NOT reflect the town in a bad way but ACTUALLY shows that this town is STRONG and IN REMEMBRANCE to all that were involved on that day. By the way, I lost my cousin in the crash and I CRY at the thought of people that pass by this road from all over the country ISN'T made aware of the horrible event that took place at that exact spot! IT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED AND IT CAN HELP TO AVOID OTHER INCIDENTS LIKE THAT FROM HAPPENING IF YOU EDUCATED VIA THE SIGNS!
 
Comment posted by KRISTYN & SCOTT FROM CANADA on 31-Dec-2009 8:35PM CST
WE'VE DRIVEN THIS TRIP SO MANY TIMES WHILE VISITING FAMILY IN TENNESSEE AT CHRISTMAS. ON THIS LAST RETURN TRIP HOME, WE FINALLY LOOKED UP THE HISTORY OF 'THE SIGN'. WOW. WE WERE BOTH IN SHOCK AND EXTREMELY SADDENED ABOUT THE WHOLE STORY - OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO ALL THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE SIGN IS A GREAT REMINDER (IN MANY WAYS) TO US ALL. IT SHOULD FOREVER REMAIN.
 
Comment posted by KAREN on 4-Jan-2010 7:15PM CST
today I drove past that sign for the first time.and I had to look it up on the internet. Being from Canada I didn't know the story. I think it is a wonderful way for those people to be remembered and hopefully others will do as I did , said a prayer for them and their families.The sign will only do some good. Possibly it will stop others from drinking and driving as well. God Bless those that perished and their families. KEEP THE SIGN UP .
 
Comment posted by Pamela P. Florida to Cincinnati to Louisville on 6-Jan-2010 4:50PM CST
I recently saw the sign going to visit family on Christmas. I didn't know what it was for so I looked up when I got home. I felt sadden by the fact that it claimed so many lives because someone choice to drive drunk. I hope people will learn that you have a choice and to please don't drink and drive, it damages so many lives for that choice. My family was hurt by a drunk driver. He killed my brother, my kids will grow up never knowing their Uncle Bubba, and his son will never know him. So I hope when people see that sign that they will look up what it means like I did and learn their choices in life and don't ruin lives.
 
Comment posted by on 31-Jan-2010 9:27PM CST
there are no words for this unforgetable tragedy. i to just found out about this horrible story. I was just born the year it happend. I was told the story today by a woman who lost friends in this crash, me being new to the area had no clue why hardin county is dry. as she told me this story her eyes filled up with tears, so did mine... my thoughts and prayers go out to all of those families who lost there loved ones. i am truely sorry. the sign should stay. not only to remind you not to drink and drive, but of those 27 angels.
 
Comment posted by Back Home in Indiana on 10-Feb-2010 10:30PM CST
Dear Survivors:

I travel that section of 71 quite often on my way back to Indiana. I was only 4 at the time so I would not have known what it was for. So tonight I looked it up on wikipedia. I now have an appreciation of the sign, but agree that it bears no message against drunk driving unless you know the circumstances. I honestly thought the bus had gone off the north bound side of the road. But now I know. It brings new meaning to my trips.
 
Comment posted by Sydney on 23-Feb-2010 11:17PM CST
I have family in Florence Kentucky and every time I go to visit them I pass that sign. That sign does need to be there. It makes me relieved for it to be there and I would hate it if I traveled to see my family and it was gone. I've been seeing it for years, and like it this way.
 
Comment posted by Renee from Southeastern, Ohio on 15-Mar-2010 7:30PM CDT
I was 11 when this crash happened, and I can remember now hearing about it. My grandfather was a minister till his death, and i remember him saying a prayer for those that died in the crash. I went to Evansville, IN this past weekend and passed the sign going there and back. I never really understood what happened, now I do and I'm glad that I took the time to look this up online.. My thoughts are with the families that lost their lives that night on 71.
 
Comment posted by Todd Scales, Indiana on 21-Mar-2010 11:08AM CDT
My family and I just returned from a trip to the Creation museum near Cincinnati, we saw the sign and remembered to look it up once we got home. This was a terrible tragedy. I'm glad this sign is there in rememberence to those innocent victims.
 
Comment posted by Home In Alabama on 26-Mar-2010 11:21AM CDT
I had seen these signs many times in the last several years due to visiting family in Ohio. After collision on I-65 in Munfordville KY (11 killed in that wreck), I decided to inquire on the signs. My husband did not know all the details when I had asked him. My heart aches to think of those people who died as a result of someone's poor choice to drink and drive. I believe that if it will make even just one person think before they do something similar that those signs are worth leaving alone. I know they hold my attention everytime we go through. I also wish that it had mention of not drinking and driving on it. Because I, like most other people, always wonder when you see a marker or memorial on the side of the road and wonder what happened to cause such a tragic event to take place.
 
Comment posted by Jennifer, Michigan to Texas on 26-Mar-2010 7:02PM CDT
My husband and I were on our way to visit my parents who have relocated to Texas, when I first noticed the sign in 2007. I took notice of it, however, being only 10 years old at the time of the crash I knew nothing about it. As soon as we got to my parents house, I went online and looked it up. I was so saddened to learn what a horrific tragedy it was. I too, like many others assumed it was a grey hound bus. I scoured the internet for everything I could find on the crash. I found a story that was printed in Readers Digest which gave a first hand account of the crash, the victims and a survivor. The signs need to say right where they are to serve as a reminder of the horrrible terrors caused by drunk driving and as a remembrance to the innocent victims of such a selfish decision.
 
Comment posted by MayTheyRest on 26-Mar-2010 11:46PM CDT
Reading of the horrendous I-65 crash reminded me of this one, so I went looking for information about it. As with many other tragic losses of life, whether of 1 or many, I had cried bitterly about the victims - and was consumed with fury that, as seemingly is more often than not, the responsible party escaped its due in the process. I agree that the memorial signage should be restored to "Carrollton bus crash" & not just some generic reference. Those who complain about the town being "associated with" the incident, as if somehow being a detriment to & a stain on their community, are plain idiots. Some idiot repeat offender that should have perished in the flames its own self caused that tragedy, not the place. The location cannot & should not be blanked out anymore than Janesville, Fox River or Prestonsburg [the ones I can
recall offhand]. It does injustice & dishonor to those who needlessly lost their lives, which should be of greater concern to those whiners that for whatever reason prefer to act like nothing important, horrible as it was, happened there. Around 14 years ago some very stupid & thoughtless female wrote Ann Landers yelping about roadside markers erected by people who had suffered pain & loss at such-and-such place being a hindrance & distraction, and that these should be disallowed because she had "nearly driven off the road" from looking at one. It angered me greatly that Landers agreed with her instead of taking that dumb broad to task for not concentrating on her driving rather than gaping at something which was not meant for people zooming by to focus their attention on for long, anymore than a mile marker or billboard. I see them & experience a momentary twinge of sadness, as with a roadkilled unfortunate animal, but continue on my way without complaint about the markers - only a renewed appreciation for life, an even more heightened awareness to be careful on the road & a hope that somebody removes the poor dead critter[s] in a timely fashion. That ignorant person would have been croaking a different tune had it been she in the unenviable position of having suffered a loss, putting up a commemorative marker & having somebody tell her it shouldn't be there. But selfish & self-centered persons like that & the Carrollton Complaint Crew don't consider the feelings of others. Their kind sadly always be among us, like that outrageously now-free cause of ghastly death/destruction & ruined lives, but their negative influence does not deserve to gain the upper hand. The many comments posted here of support, encouragement, remembrance & sympathy instead should be hearkened to, rallied around & serve as inspiration to both the public & the "officials" charged with enacting & enforcing traffic safety. Some highway spokesperson said the I-65 barriers were "the strongest" but not designed to withstand a tractor-trailer. If so, that means that the spectre of more nightmarish tragedies like this should spur them to immediately go about designing even stronger barriers to prevent median crossings, not make out like it's virtually impossible to do so. With the volume of traffic on our overburdened roads nowhere near about to decrease, failure to implement better preventive measures - especially tougher penalties on drunken death-dealers at the wheel - means that one gruesome day the unhappy tally of Carrollton 22 years ago will be surpassed. May such a day be long in the coming - like around Half Past Never - those to blame for these horrors get exactly what they deserve, & all innocent victims ever rest in blessed peace.
 
Comment posted by Erin from Louisville on 28-Mar-2010 12:01AM CDT
I am a relatively new driver on the roads and I honestly believe that this story has changed my view of driving. I wasn't even alive when this bus crash happened but I pass by that sign quite often just to remind myself and my friends of how one bad choice can effect your life. That sign is a good reminder to always be careful and never drive while intoxicated. That sign is a marker of just how strong Carrollton really is. I can't even imagine the depth of the scars that the crash has left behind and can't begin to express my saddness for the families effected. I pray for those families and families of anybody who has suffered through something similar. I will continue to see that sign and i will never be the cause for a crash like this. I will never be a drunk driver and none of my friends will either.
 
Comment posted by Curious Motorist on 7-Apr-2010 2:25PM CDT
My wife and I passed the Sign on I-71 this past weekend while traveling from St. Louis to Cinncy to see the Cards/Reds opening day game. Even tough we are both in our early 50's, neither knew of the event. When we got to Belterra, we searched the net until we found the articles posted about that tragic event. These signs MUST remain posted to raise awareness of the effects that drunk drivers have on innocent lives. God bless everyone effected that tragic day.
 
Comment posted by Info on the accident cane be found here on 7-Apr-2010 2:28PM CDT
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrollton,_Kentucky_bus_collision
 
Comment posted by W on 10-Apr-2010 9:37PM CDT
Drove past the signs earlier today on my way back home from Hoover, AL. I was gazing starry-eyed at the scenery and noticed a square, green memorial, "Site of Fatal Bus Crash." I thought at the moment that the bus must have plunged over the quite precipitous cliff on the right. I shuddered and vowed to look the event up when I got home. The true events are much worse and tragic than what I had assumed. I can remember taking trips as a teenager, that feeling I had on the bus with all of my friends, jammed together on the bus and bouncing about, laughing and shamelessly enjoying life. To think of those poor souls, KIDS...and their end so terribly, tragically abrupt. I don't have words. Leave the signs be.
 
Comment posted by Sherrie of Louisville, KY on 15-Apr-2010 3:50PM CDT
I was a senior in high school, less than 2 weeks from graduation, when this accident happened. It was the same day as my senior prom and the following day a group of seniors were to meet at Kings Island for our "senior trip". I remember my mother not wanting me to drive up there because there would be investigators at the accident scene and people gawking at the crash site and possibly not paying attention.

Reluctantly she allowed me to go and when I approached the site I slowed down and said a prayer because many of those lost were close to my age. Chills went up and down my spine because I realized it could have been any of us at any given time on any stretch of road anywhere. I was sickened by the thought and wanted to turn around and go home but continued on with my trip. It wasn't much fun because all I thought about all day were those who perished.

My trip home was a silent one. I got home and hugged my mom and told her how I was feeling. We talked about the crash and the dangers of drunk driving. I vowed to never drink and drive and have kept that promise 22 years later.

In 1994 my 3 year old daughter and I were rear-ended by a drunk driver and days later I thought about how fortunate we were to not have suffered the same fate as those on that bus. I would tell my daughter every chance I had about the dangers of drinking and driving and now, at 18, she reminds her friends of those dangers and does her best to stop them from making the decision that could change so many lives in an instant.

Whenever I'm reminded of this horrible crash (by news reports of other drunk driving accidents) I say a quick prayer for those lost and the survivors. It is because of this tragedy the laws became more strict, however it's not enough. Drunk driving laws need to be tightened to include immediate loss of a drivers' license AND vehicle if caught. If the drunk driver takes a life (or lives) they should immediately receive the highest sentence allowed by law. Making examples out of those who choose to break the law can make a difference. I only hope our lawmakers can finally see that and make the changes necessary to send a strong message to everyone that drinking and driving will NOT be tolerated and you WILL pay for your crime.
 
Comment posted by Jon Strunk Shelbyville, KY on 26-Apr-2010 7:40AM CDT
I was nine years old when I heard of this bus crash in Carroll County. I didn't understand the impact or the import of the event, nor did I comprehend the lives lost. My mother cried for the children who perished needlessly on that sunny day in May of '88. Growing up in rural McCreary County, we hardly ever noticed news or events from the other 119 counties in Kentucky. This one, however, hit too close to home. We were put on a Kentucky school bus everyday, without thoughts of being killed or injured in a collision. There for the longest time, our parents took us to and from school, instead of letting us ride the bus.

I'm an OTR truck driver, and use I-71 to get from my home in western Shelby County to Cincy or other points north/northeast. I looked it up on Wiki in May of '08, nearly 20 years after that day. I drove a school bus prior to driving a tractor-trailer, and now realize why Kentucky's school bus laws and regs are stricter than the surrounding states. As May approaches, it's hard not to think of the people who dies that fateful day, and pray for their families and know that they are resting with God and looking over their loved ones left behind.

My heart goes out to those left to carry on. I hope this makes people stop and think about the consequences of drinking and driving.......hopefully, it will.
 
Comment posted by Richard from FT. campbell, KY on 26-Apr-2010 1:23PM CDT
Even though my wife and I travel I-71 a lot, actually since 1993 back and forth from FT. Campbell, KY to Michigan, I never knew "exactly" what happened there at the signs. I just want to say that those signs should NEVER be taken down. Because of modern day technology any one seeing those signs can easily find out "exactly" what happenend. I can only imagine how many lives were and are still being touched by this horific crash solely on those signs.

To the folks of Carrollton (those that want the signs down), I for one never set out to research this crash using not as much as your towns name, I actually used the wording on the signs to do my research. I just can't see how your town is being connected, in a negative way, from the placement of these signs. I say; "quit being so selfish." We need those signs.
 
Comment posted by Gregg W. Anderson on 7-May-2010 3:06PM CDT
Subject: The memory must never die


God bless you...maybe of some interest,,,

http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/252760
 
Comment posted by Heather Bazzocco (Neal) on 14-May-2010 2:31AM CDT
Tonight is the anniversary of the crash... 22 years. My heart still weeps over the tragedy our town went through... so many precious lives lost. I will never be the same...and I have been forever changed. I no longer live in Radcliff, KY... but over 2,000 miles away each person lost... each family left behind... I hold close to my heart and remember. I don't know if the signs are still down or back up. I pray that they remain up or are put back up for all to drive by and see. The signs serve as a testimony to each person who died... mostly children...and to each family member and friend who 22 years later are still grieving all who died and all who were injured. The loss, the pain, the impact is immeasurable on each life... I pray the signs (as previous posts have proven it) prevent others from drinking and driving... and prayerfully will save someone from having to bury their loved one too soon. Love and prayers to everyone affected by the accident on this 22nd anniversary.
 
Comment posted by Colleen on 14-May-2010 5:01PM CDT
I remember this crash vividly and how it changed the people of Hardin County. I believe the sign should stay and stay forever. My best friend's family was involved in the crash and I remember attending the memorial service for some of the victims. I will never forget the site of all those caskets lined up at the front of the church. I pray God has given peace to the families that lost their own that night and for the many people who drive that road every day...
 
Comment posted by F Detroit MI on 16-May-2010 12:17PM CDT
I driven that stech of i-71 to Alabama and in the fog it was scary,my prayers and hearts goes out to the families loved one who suffered that fatal nite. Losing people you know to drunk drivers is heart-suffering so please to all drivers on our roads dont drive drunk,it not worth it to kill a family loved one over a few beers.
MAY THE ANGELS WATCH OVER THE FAMILIES TO KEEP THEM STRONG. BLESS TO ALL
 
Comment posted by Marilyn (Bruce) Merigo on 17-May-2010 5:58AM CDT
My name is Marilyn. I had just moved 1 year before the accident and new almost every single person on that bus. I went to that church before my parents decided to move the family to Fl. When I heard about the accident my mother had come to the school I was in and pulled me out in the middle of class to let me know what was going on. I lost a lot of very dear and close friends in the accident and many injured very badly. I still cry all the time when someone mentions the crash to me. I am actually crying now writing this. But i do think that the sign is a great thing to have. May all the ones who passed away rest in peace and all the survivors be able to live long and happy lives. God Bless!!
 
Comment posted by GiGi on 17-May-2010 1:17PM CDT
I don't know what made me look up this story. For some reason, it just popped in my mind, so I decided to google it. I remember when this happened, and just a few months ago, my husband and I were talking about it. All these years later, and people have not forgotten. I am, surprised,though that the man responsible has been out of jail for 10 years now. I thought he had a longer sentence. I hope he doesn't continue to drink and drive. I hope no one ever drinks and drives. It's just too sad.
 
Comment posted by Paul P. Panama City, Fl on 18-May-2010 7:39PM CDT
I noticed the sign while driving north to Cleveland and it slipped my mind. I noticed the southbound sign on my way back and it struck me that I really needed to look this up. I must agree with another post that there really needs to be further reference to the extent of the tragedy especially indicating that it occurred due to driver impairment. Not only should this particular sign address this issue, but I personally feel that each time a person is killed due to impaired driving or negligence such as the use of a cell phone, there should be a memorial placed indicating this. Maybe in time there would be so many signs that people would begin to realize just how their own negligent, selfish and careless actions devestate lives, families and communities across the nation.
 
Comment posted by Michelle St. Denis on 19-May-2010 3:49PM CDT
I saw the highway sign marking the crash on a recent trip from Oklahoma to West Virginia. I eventually got around to looking it up and was stunned. I remember the crash news reports and vividly remember the pictures of the devastation. I was in the hospital awaiting the birth of my first child when the crash happened and it was cause for a major discussion about how drunk driving ruins peoples lives. I lost one of my best friends in high school to a drunk driver, so the pain felt by the survivors is very real to me.

I think the signs should stay forever as a reminder to everyone how a few drinks and a vehicle could change the lives of so many people. The survivors are a testament to their strength and perseverance and should be commended for standing up and being heard. The residents of the town should be ashamed of themselves for wanting to sweep the crash and it's memory under the perverbial rug.
 
Comment posted by BRIAN GORHAM (A CONCERNED TRUCKER) on 7-Jun-2010 4:42PM CDT
I PASSED BY THIS SIGN JUST THE OTHER DAY HEADED TO CINCINNATI AND FOR SOME REASON I FEELTHE SIGN IS A HEAVEN SEND IT REMINDS US EVERYDAY THAT LIFE IS PRECIOUS AND THAT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT DRINK AND DRIVE FOR DAYS NOW I'VE WAITED TO SEE IF I COULD REMEMBER THE CRASH OR HEARD SOMETHING ABOUT IT AFTER LOOKING ON THE INTERNET BUT I COULD'NT BUT GOD BLESS THOSE SURVIVORS AND THE VICTIMS FAMILIES THE GUY SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN LET OUT OF PRISON IN MY OPPINION AND OH WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THAT LITTLE TOWN AGAIN.
 
Comment posted by David Covington on 8-Jun-2010 1:25AM CDT
I can rest assured that as of June 7, 2010 the signs are still there. I remember hearing the report on the radio just after it happened on my way home from work in Indianapolis, IN on the night of May 14, 1988. I had since forgotten about it until about two or three weeks ago when I accidentally came across it on the internet. I remember hearing about it, but forgotten the details, the only thing I remember was the bus was in a head on collision, the gas tank ruptured, many were killed, they were on their way back from King's Island, and a drunk driver was involved. I had to look up the details on the internet about two or three weeks ago to refresh my memory. My brother, who passed through the site about a week ago, asked me about it. I made a special trip to the site on June 7, arriving there about 7:45 pm. I took a picture of the sign with the ribbon attached to the sign. I never got to see pictures of this accident, but I can only imagine the tragedy of what went on that night. I think the signs should remain as a reminder that we all need to be careful and take seriously our actions or non actions when we get behind the wheel or get into a vehicle. We need to be thankful for the gift of life God gave us, not to take life for granted, not to do needless actions to cause others to lose their lives. We need to remember the 27 who lost their lives, the 34 who were injured, and the six additional ones on the trip. I don't know any of them from the crash, nor am I from around there, but I feel for the ones who were left behind who had lost their close friends as well as family members. I will guarantee this now that I am not going for forget them ever again. I will always remember them as long as I shall live.
 
Comment posted by Sue Hildreth on 12-Jun-2010 12:52PM CDT
I came across this story while researching the need for seat belts on our school buses. Seat belts have little to do with this particular story, as they would neither have helped nor hindered the people trapped by the tiny exit. But both are related to the need to constantly work to improve the safety of the vehicles that our children and families depend upon. Too many corporate interests are working against the addition of "costly" safety improvements and claiming they're not necessary. It's a crying shame that imrovements are often only accepted after people have died for it. I hope these memorial signs stay up for a long time. It's worth remembering what happened.
 
Comment posted by Gwendolyn from Texas on 12-Jun-2010 10:43PM CDT
While traveling from Texas to Ohio, I saw the sign on the side of the road and remembered the infomation. I came back home and looked up the infomation on the internet. To all that were involved either directly or indirectly May God give you total peace and for the lady who was in the wreck I think it is a great move forward to be able to talk about the accident. I will continue to keep you in my prayers that everyday will make you stronger. May God also give you strength for any other hurdles that may come your way.
 
Comment posted by Kayla Miller on 16-Jun-2010 4:35PM CDT
My mom told me to look this up my mom was supposed to be on the bus but my grandma would not let her go and i am glad she did not get on the bus because i would not be here. I think the sign should stay up so all the drunk drivers out there that think that drinking and driving is cool will maybe learn that it is not cool to drink and drive because bad accidents could happen like this one.My mom and alot of other people lost friends on that bus so they should keep the sign up in rememberance of them
 
Comment posted by sha rayder on 2-Jul-2010 10:39PM CDT
My husband is a truck driver and has mentioned this sign before. Tonight i just happen to be sitting at the computer when he mentioned it. He said he didnt know what happened but that the sign gave him chills every time he sees it. So, i looked it up.

Im glad I did and may God be with the families of the ones that lost their lives and also the ones that did not.
 
Comment posted by Matt on 8-Jul-2010 12:25PM CDT
I was only 7 when the crash happened but I remember it just like I remember the Challenger disaster. Every time I'm on 71 on the way to Cincinnati I know exactly when it's coming up. There are a few turns as you go uphill in some beautiful trees and there it is every time you come around the bend. It's important to remember and I'm happy to see that it remains there. I'm just disgusted that a 27-time manslaughterer with previous DUI arrests served less than 11 years. It's disgusting.
 
Comment posted by Charlie Bowman on 15-Jul-2010 6:51PM CDT
I live in frankfort, Ky. I was headed to Tenn. w/ a sister when I saw the sign. I remember watching it on the News and reading it in the papers. Yes the sign should always stay up for a reminder of that Fateful night that took so many Lives and changed the FAMILIES that loss their love ones. My father is a drunk and has so many times drove drunk w/ his kids. As a human being, I feel that drinking and driving is a risky game of death. I have no children of my own. But I do tell my neices and nephews the dangers of getting behind the wheel, under drugs and booze. I state to them look at what can happen, not to you but the folks the travel on the roads. And what could change their lives and others.(4 Ever) I told a friend that drinks all the time, would he like to wake up one day knowing what you just did to innocent people. He stated that he would'nt be able to live w/ himself knowing if he took someone's live over a foolish choice to drive drunk. We as family and friends NEEDS to get the word out about DRINKING AND DRIVING!!Just the thought of one of my babies (Nieces and Nephews) drinking and driving or being w/ someone that is drinking and driving freaks me out! I think the sign should State "Site of fatal bus crash." On May 14, 1988 A drunk driver( w/ Mahonies name) collided head on with a church bus. Twenty-seven passengers on the bus were killed by the ensuing inferno. Forty other passengers were injured.
We need to get the word OUT THAT DRINKING AND DRIVING ~KILLS~ If the law allows it, It even should state his name. What about our right to protect out love ones!! He did this and probably has no remorse. He did his time, but how is 10 yrs. and 11 months gonna help the families that STILL today suffer from all the hurt and sorrow that Mr. Mahony took away from all the families. He can state he is sorry. But sometimes SORRY isnt enuff! KEEP UP THE SIGN AND EDUCATE THE FOLKS ON WHAT CAN HAPPEN!! Thanks for listening.. Charlie:(
 
Comment posted by Stephanie D on 19-Jul-2010 1:05PM CDT
I am like so many others commenting on this website, my husband, sister-in-law and I were traveling from Tennessee to Ohio for a Kings Island trip and saw this sign.
I was not even 2 years old when this crash happened, and my passengers are younger than I, so I looked it up once we got home.

I was stunned. I really can't believe how little jail time this man served. Sure, he didn't intentionally kill them, but he made that choice to drink and drive. That's what happens when you are so drunk you have no idea what you are doing.

However, I'm glad the victims were able to forgive him.
I think these signs should stay forever as a reminder of not to drink and drive. I just hope this will touch people in a way that might prevent anymore horrible disasters like this.

Also, it sent a sharp reminder of the van crash that happened not long ago in Kentucky on I-65, where I think 10 Amish people lost their lives when a semi-truck crossed over and struck their van. I think they determined the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Please people, don't drive unless you are able to give 100% of your attention to the road!!
 
Comment posted by Angie Douglas Cleveland to Nashville on 21-Jul-2010 2:00PM CDT
I have passed that sign a few times within the past several months, and just today finally remembered to look it up. I had no idea what the story behind it was before just now. Holy cow! That is something that should STAY THERE!
 
Comment posted by Tonya on 22-Jul-2010 7:32PM CDT
I past the site today, on my return to Louisville from Cincinnati. Several of my friends went to King's Island, that day, with our school. My step Mother didn't allow me to go. My heart still aches for all survivors, victims and families... And it always will.
 
Comment posted by Amy Rider Independence Ky on 6-Aug-2010 12:04AM CDT
I have friends who live in Louisville, so I travel south 71 quite often. I was only 11 yrs old when this tragic accident happened. My son was traveling with me a few years ago to louisville. At the time I believe he was 8. We came upon the sign and he asked me what that sign meant. My heart sank as I turned down the radio a little bit, and began to tell him all that I could remember. I told him about the father who visited my school during project prom, because his daughter was one of the kids to parish that day, I remember him trying to hold back his tears telling us of the horrific events and how his daughter was trapped etc. After I was done telling him what I knew, his voice was so somber, unsure, scared, as he asked me questions. It was then that I knew by that sign being there it made him ask questions, and by the tone of his voice, it really struck a nerve with him. And to this day every time we drive by those signs going to louisville and come home from louisville, we mention the sign and say a prayer. The signs I think make people stop and think. Whether it be to slow down while driving on 71 or maybe to not drink and drive. Either way those signs are saving lives each and everyday. In a way Carrollton residence should look at the signs as if it is making drivers more cautious of their driving in that area. Florida has markers (circle reflective) that say "Drive Safely" along the highways where a fatal accident has happened. And if there was more than 1 fatality a marker for each. I think it is a wonderful idea. You can't tell me that when driving down the road if you see a cross where a fatal accident has happened, you don't check your speed, your surroundings. It makes people aware. Almost as if someone is tapping you on the shoulder and saying, you better check yourself!
 
Comment posted by Shari Hart on 6-Aug-2010 9:29AM CDT
I just came back from Nashville yesterday and one of the first things I did was google search the accident after seeing the sign. It brought back memories of this long ago accident. From what I can tell above and from my own reaction and subsequent search upon arriving home, the signs provide a valuable tool and should remain where they are forever. They commemorate the lives lost and does not associate anything with the town....they are a reminder of many precious lives lost due to a drunk driver.
 
Comment posted by Bridgette Vaughn on 29-Aug-2010 9:01PM CDT
I remeber this accident very well as I did travel this road on 8/28/2010 to King's Island with my family we saw the signs, I always fall apart when I get in that area and I have went by there so many times that I know where the site is before we get to it. My heart and prayer's go out to the families that lost there love one in that deadly crash. I thank God that someone had the heart and mind to put the signs up and no it will not bring there love ones back,but the signs may save a life it is very important that people think twice about Drinking and Driving. The signs should stay where they are. When I returned home I went online and read about the crash and explained to my grandchildren how important it is not to Drink period but if they ever decide to Drink please do not get behind the wheel and DRIVE.
 
Comment posted by Dorrinda Kelso on 24-Mar-2011 11:29AM CDT
My husband is a truck driver and passes that way three times a week on his second week going by the sigh he call and I looked up the crash. this has made a big inpack on my life..I have young adult children I will be reminding them about drinking and drivin again because of this sighn..If the perpose of this sighn reminds just one person of drinking and driving than it has saved a nother life ....But most of all we must keep in our prayers the famileys of those who went to be with GOD.. My the grace of God be with us always.
 
Comment posted by Aaron C. on 6-Apr-2011 11:40AM CDT
I live in Cincinnati and had a medical school interview in Louisville earlier this week. On the way down to Louisville and back to Cincinnati it was raining very hard and I saw this sign and all I could see was "site of fatal bus crash--may --" i didn't know what this was about but said a prayer for those affected by this fatal crash and prayed to rest the souls of those lost that day. A couple days later back in Cincinnati, I remembered to look up on google of this incident am extremely sad to read about the incident and that so many died that day and that the drunk driver only served ~ 10 years in prison. However, this is a huge reminder to myself and those I will speak to that drunk driving is quite possibly the worst thing ever. After reading the posts above, I read many of those stories of those who grew up in that area, or lost friends in that incident or to the lady who was actually on the bus that day. I pray for all of you and continue to keep this incident in my heart forever. Those angels are smiling down on us today. God bless you.
 
Comment posted by CMitchell on 7-Apr-2011 12:30PM CDT
I am from Tulsa Ok and was reading a story about a young man who took the life of a Charles (Chuck) Kytta III. I had no idea who either of them were but found out that Chuck was the son of one of the pastors killed in this horrible crash. The man who killed him in a crash in 2010 in Broken Arrow, Ok was under the influence of several kinds of prescription drugs, crossed the center median and hit Chuck head on, of course the driver that caused the wreck survived and was arrested today after the results of tests came back. I cannot remotely imagine what Chucks mother is going through losing her husband and now only son to alcohol/drug related collisions. If this sign would have only saved one person from the horrific pain that drugs and alcohol related deaths has caused then it would be worth it. From reading the posts, I believe it has done more than that already. It would be a shame to disgrace the families and ones lost by not putting it back. I had never heard of this crash before learning of the one in Ok and it breaks my heart to know that there is a 3 year old little girl that has lost her daddy now, my grandaughter is 3 and I have 3 sons. There is no way to ever justify drinking/drugs and driving. God bless all involved.
 
Comment posted by Eric Daily. on 5-Jun-2011 3:14PM CDT
I first saw the sign I believe in July of 2000 while driving up to Ohio from Alabama to visit family. I saw it again while driving up there again about 11 days ago and again on the way back. I just now looked it up on the internet. It's dad inded that it took a buss crash like this to begin newer buss saftey items and procedures. My heart goes out to the families of the vistiims, albeit 23 years later. I am 43 years old.
 
Comment posted by Julie Palmer on 10-Jun-2011 8:01AM CDT
I remember this horrible crash for I was living in Florence, Ky in May 1988 and was 20 yrs old. Today I'm 43 and at this very moment my 11 yr old daughter is traveling back from Kings Island with our Assembly of God youth group via same route I-71 through Carollton, Ky. I cried just thinking about what those families had went through as I'm anticipating seeing my child home in just a few hours. I've always wondered why this had to happen to an innocent church group, but I know God took what the devil meant for evil and used it for good, each person who passes by that site is changed in some way. My prayer is that those who pass by remember that "life is but a vapor"(James 4:14) and consider their eternal destiny. Jesus is the only way:)
 
Comment posted by Julie Palmer on 10-Jun-2011 8:54AM CDT
I remember this horrilble accident very well... at the time I was 20 yrs old and living in Florence, Ky and it had an impact on me. Now I'm 43 and at this very moment my 11 yr old daughter is traveling back from Kings Island via I-71 thru Carrollton with our Assembly of God youth group. I cried today just thinking about what those families must have went through as I'm anticipating seeing my daughter in just a few hours. I've often wondered why this had to happened at all, much less to a group of good church kids. I know there is evil in the world, but also know that God can take the evil and bring good out of it. My hope is that everyone who passes by that sign on I-71 remembers that "life is but a vapor"(James 4:14) and considers their eternal destiny.....Jesus is the only way:) God bless the families, survivors, and their children.
 
Comment posted by Vickie on 20-Jun-2011 7:22PM CDT
I saw the sign while driving from Memphis to Cincinnati. I jotted down the date so I could look it up online. How silly that the town doesn't want to be associated with this tragedy. I don't associate them with it at all. These victims deserve to be remembered. Look how many people have been motivated to look it up and comment on it here! Grow up, Carrollton. The fight against the sign puts you in a worse light than the sign does.
 
Comment posted by Dan Drake on 26-Jun-2011 11:56AM CDT
Thank you for the realilty check .... At the time of this crash (not an accident) i was in my early 20's and do not remember much of this tragedy, until i passed the road side signs that not only should stay up but i feel should be much larger and more noticable to all that drive through that section of i-71.........This signs should be a huge reminder of why we do not drive after drinking........I was with my 3 young girls (13-12-and 7 olds old ) and we talked about the signs when we passed them , Then upon us arriving home we read about this horrible event and they all promised never to drink and drive................THOSE SIGNS COULD'VE SAVED MY GIRLS SOMEONE ELSES KIDS LIVES AT LEAST THEY MADE SOMEONE THINK ABOUT THIER ACTIONS AFTER DRINKING......
 
Comment posted by Sammy Gant on 9-Jul-2011 4:57PM CDT
I seen the sign while traveling north on 71 and called home to tell my wife about it.When i got home i looked it up on the internet and i am right now reading about it. God Bless all who were affected by that horrible crash and ill think about that every time i go through there now.
 
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