Crash Survivors to Attend 25th Anniversary Service

By: AP
By: AP

RADCLIFF, Ky. -- Survivors of the nation's deadliest alcohol-related highway crash are expected to attend a public memorial service in a central Kentucky town on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

The service is set for Tuesday evening at North Hardin High School at Radcliff.

Twenty-seven people died when the church bus they were in was hit by a drunken driver on May 14, 1988, along a rural stretch of Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Ky.

Forty people, mostly youngsters, escaped the burning bus. The group had spent the day at Kings Island amusement park in Ohio and was headed home to Radcliff when their bus was hit by a pickup truck driven by Larry Mahoney.

Mahoney survived and was convicted of assault, manslaughter and wanton endangerment. He was released from prison in 1999.

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