Carrollton bus crash being re-enacted Saturday for movie

Lexington-based filmmaker Jason Epperson is looking for extras for a re-enactment of the Carrollton bus crash of 1988 that claimed the lives of 27 people, mostly children, and injured 34 others. The filming is for Epperson’ s movie Impact: After the Crash, a documentary exploring the aftermath of the crash, considered to be the worst drunk-driving accident in United States history.

Jason Epperson. © 2009 Herald-Leader file photo.

The crash occurred on May 14, 1988, when a pickup truck traveling the wrong way in the southbound lanes of Interstate 71 collided with a church bus filled with students and parents who had just spent the day at Kings Island. The driver of the pickup, Larry Wayne Mahoney, was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The re-enactment will be staged in Winchester, and the call time is 9 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 10) for an all-day shoot. Potential extras are asked to dress in a style appropriate to springtime and the late 1980s. More details are available at the film’s website and on the call sheet for the shoot. The website includes a statement for parents who may be nervous about their children participating in the recreation of such a tragic event:

“We will have the children actually on the bus driving around Winchester for a few hours of the day, but have a certified driver AND bus safety teachers coming up who understands the significance and anxiety a lot of us share with this story. We will take every measure to take care of your children and be extremely careful and drive very slow to ensure safety. We are NOT shooting anything with “fire” or “explosions” and the actual re-enactment of the bus crash impact will take place on the by-pass in an area that will be blocked off by State Police. Parents are welcome to follow along for the entire shoot if you feel more comfortable.”

The movie is slated for release in the spring, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the crash. It also comes on the heels of a recent Carroll County bus tragedy in which two pre-kindergarten children were killed when a bus overturned on Oct. 29.

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