Tuesday Marks 25th Anniversary Of Carrollton Bus Crash

Contributor: Christine Winter
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Updated: 5/13/2013 8:31 pm
Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of the Carrollton bus crash.

It's the deadliest drunk driving crash in US history.

The tragedy claimed the lives of 24 children and 3 adults on their way home from a church outing at Kings Island.

Miraculously, 40 people survived.

Harold Dennis was 14-years old at the time of the crash.

He suffered disfiguring burns.

Dennis went on to play football at Kentucky and is now a successful businessman, husband and father of three.

He's the force behind a powerful documentary called, 'Impact: After The Crash.'

The film reenacts the fiery wreck and features interviews with survivors, family members and others.

ABC 36 talked to Dennis about that horrible night 25-years ago when the bus was hit head-on and burst into flames.

He couldn't see through the thick, black smoke as he crawled over bodies that were piling-up in the aisle.

The temperature in the bus soared above 2,000 degrees.

And Dennis thought he was trapped.

He says, "I know how I made it from my seat to the rear exit because I knew you had to get there to get out. But, I did learn that I was pulled out. I was pulled out, so I know that I was pulled out through that doorway and I did one day meet a gentleman who said that he was the one that pulled me out and pulled out several other survivors."

You can see the rest of the interview with Dennis, including how he feels about Larry Mahoney.

Mahoney is the man who drove drunk the wrong way down I-71 a quarter of a century ago.

Look for "The Carrollton Bus Crash: 25-years of Healing" Tuesday on ABC 36 News at 11.

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