The Carrollton Bus Crash: 25 Years Later

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Updated: 1/31/2013 6:14 pm
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May 14th, 2013 will be the 25th anniversary of the Carrollton bus crash.  A drunk driver killed 27 people, when he drove the wrong way on a highway, and hit a bus.  The crash remains the worst drunk driving accident accident in U.S. history.

A local filmmaker plans to debut a documentary about the crash on the anniversary. 

For the last two years, Jason Epperson has worked on the film called, "Impact: After The Crash." He hopes it honors the victims, and sends a strong message to others.

"Teach and educate people on the dangers of drunk driving.  I think there's just a lot of life lessons too to be learned in this, and how people deal with tragedy, and how they overcome," said Jason Epperson, The Director.

40 people survived the crash.  Epperson says the accident motivated some survivors.

"There's a purpose for their life.  They've survived, and they need to go on and do something of purpose of their life," said Epperson.

25 years later, some still struggle daily with the trauma.

"Survivor's guilt they deal with," said Epperson.

The documentary mainly focuses on the story of survivor turned UK football player Harold Dennis. 

"A lot of the people that were sitting in front of Harold didn't survive.  The majority actually didn't survive, so he was really lucky.  Harold's best friend who was sitting right next to him did not survive the crash," said Epperson.

Epperson says many young drivers do not know about the Carrollton crash.  He wants the documentary to change that.

"We want to get the story back out.  It's an important story," said Epperson.

the national organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving is helping to promote the documentary.
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