60 Moments: Prestonsburg Bus Accident

By: Mike Huff Email
By: Mike Huff Email

It's a memory that still haunts an eastern Kentucky community. On February 28, 1958, a school bus loaded with 48 elementary and high school students was headed to Prestonsburg on old Route 23.

For reasons still uncertain to this day, the driver did not see a tow truck in front of him until it was too late. He crashed into it, sideswiped a parked car, and rolled down an embankment into the swollen and cold Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River.

27 people, including the driver, died. 22 others survived.

Today, a monument to honor the victims stands in front of the old Floyd County courthouse.

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