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Carrollton bus crash survivor points to the positives #busfires #history via @schoolbusfleet

Carrollton bus crash survivor points to the positives #busfires #history via @schoolbusfleet

A church group was on its way home from an amusement park in a retired school bus when disaster struck. Larry Mahoney, driving a pickup truck with a blood alcohol content of 0.24, barreled head-on into the bus. Gasoline from the bus’ punctured fuel tank was ignited, and fire quickly engulfed the bus as the passengers scrambled to get through the rear emergency exit. The front door was disabled by the crash and blocked by flames, and there were no other emergency exits on the vehicle — a former school bus that was built just a few days before the critical 1977 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for school buses went into effect. Twenty-seven people — mostly teenagers — died in the inferno. After that May 14, 1988, crash near Carrollton, Ky., numerous safety measures were implemented to improve school bus safety and to crack down on drunken driving. Among them: F...

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