IMPACT: AFTER THE CRASH
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IMPACT: AFTER THE CRASH, explores the horrific Carroll County, Kentucky bus crash of May 14, 1988, which killed 27 people (mostly children) and injured nearly 35 others, the worst drunk-driving related accident in U.S. history. The Kentucky tragedy became nationally known, not only because of the devastation it caused, but also because it gave prominence to the then-fledgling national anti-drunk driving organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Our documentary takes viewers back to that fateful night including a dramatic recreation of the accident and explores how those who lost family and friends have over the years both suffered and recovered from their pain and losses The film offers a stirring exploration of what it means to try to recover your life, when in an instant, everything is turned upside down.
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The first half or so of the documentary was excruciating. Witnessing the survivors recall the events of that fateful day, it was easy to imagine myself on the bus, as I would have been 9 at the time, or my own son, who is currently 13. It's a devastating thought, and I feel so greatly for the survivors, the victims, and for each of their families. I cried through the first half, and wondered if I should continue watching... because I do not drink (and would never drink and drive), would it really benefit anyone for me to watch an hour of just straight up pain? I'm glad I stayed with it, though, because the second half touched on a variety of topics, from aspects of recovery- both physical and mental, to grief, forgiveness, survivor's guilt, and personal and corporate responsibility. It was taut and nicely balanced, though; although it touched on these things as a natural extension of the impact of the crash, there was not one moment of filler like so many documentaries resort to.
I have told my son over and over, "Your choices make your life... make good choices to have a good life." But, while it's true that his choices will define his life, it's also true that his choices will affect the lives of others... and his life will be affected by the choices of others. We all need to make the best choices we can, and this documentary is an excellent reminder of that. Not just in the realm of drunk driving, but also distracted driving, texting while driving, and drowsy driving, as well as the choices being made by industrial designers and engineers.
Although I also found the scoring of this documentary to be very well done and an asset most of the time, my one complaint is that in a couple of places the music was so loud it covered up what the person was saying. Still, overall it was very well done, and I think this documentary would be worthwhile to view and discuss for families, student drivers, recovering alcoholics/addicts, as well as automotive and road engineers.
I was in 2nd grade when this accident changed my community of Hardin county. Over the years I have met state troopers, nurses, and emergency personnel that worked on scene and whow remember what it was like taking care of victims and survivors. They are always surprised that I am from Radcliff. My 14 year old daughter watched this with me and she has grown up herring about how the bus crash changed our lives, she was enthralled with this documentary.
Harold Dennis, I was always amazed by you growing up when I would see you at church. Thank you for sharing everyone's story, and teaching me new information I never knew about one of the biggest events that shaped our community and safety of buses.