Crash Survivors Prepare for Anniversary Events

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- They are reaching middle age, in the midst of raising children and building careers. A quarter century has elapsed since an amusement park outing turned into a terrifying night, when they escaped from a school bus that burst into flames after a drunken driver slammed into it.

Twenty-seven people died in the nation's worst alcohol-related highway catastrophe.

It happened on May 14, 1988, near Carrollton, Ky. Forty people managed to escape the flames.

It took months for some survivors to recover from their injuries. The memories still linger.

Quinton Higgins says he thinks about the crash nearly every day.

A memorial service is set for Tuesday evening in Radcliff on the 25th anniversary of the crash. The following night in Elizabethtown, a documentary recounting the tragedy will be shown.

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