New film added to bus crash documentary

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Posted on November 20, 2012 at 6:01 PM

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Michael Crisp says he has added new footage to his film, "The Very Worst Thing," about a 1958 bus crash in eastern Kentucky that killed 26 children and the bus driver.

The documentary tells the story of the tragic crash, which happened on Feb. 18 near Prestonsburg in Floyd County when the bus collided with a tow truck and plunged over an embankment into the Big Sandy River.

Crisp told The Independent (http://bit.ly/XwRZ77) that the footage will be included when the film is shown at the SIPP Theatre in Paintsville next month.

He said he hoped that the documentary would spur a search for forgotten photos and film of the disaster.

"About a month ago I was at the Jenny Wiley Festival in Prestonsburg and a man came up to me and said, 'I have something you may be interested in seeing.' In 1958 he and his dad owned an 8mm film camera so they went to the riverbank and shot footage," the film director said. "They captured footage of the school bus resting on the river bank after they pulled it out. And, there were 10 to 12 additional scenes from the rescue and recovery, including victims being taken to the armory in downtown Prestonsburg and scenes from the West Prestonsburg bridge as they were dragging for bodies with nets."

He said almost everything in the footage was relevant to the film.

The documentary is set to be shown in Paintsville on Dec.21.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com

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