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Found footage released 61 years after school bus crash

Newly found footage from a terrible school bus crash that occurred more than six decades ago in Floyd County has surfaced after a resident of Louisville donated the film that was shot by his grandfather in the days following the accident.

On the last day of February in 1958, the driver behind the wheel of a school bus loaded with 48 students lost control and crashed into the Big Sandy River. In all, the driver and 26 students died in the wreck.

Footage found after documentary released

Nine years ago, a man recorded and released a documentary about the incident entitled The Very Worst Thing. The title is a reference to the accident being the worst school bus accident ever occurred at that time.

The reverberations from this catastrophe were far-reaching. As a consequence of the wreck, new federal safety standards for school buses were adopted and have saved countless lives in the ensuing years.

Recovery of doomed bus shown

When the new footage was shot, the bus had been submerged in the Big Sandy River for three days. Recovery workers managed to hoist the bus from the waters while the man on the bank of the river captured the actions on film.

School buses far safer today

While there is no doubt that the improved safety standards that emerged from this horrific crash have made the school bus industry safer as a whole, catastrophic accidents involving school buses can, and still do, occur. If your child gets injured in a school bus accident, you should learn and understand your rights to seek financial compensation by filing a claim for damages.

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