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 17 and worked at the Washington Warehouse Outlet located by the movie theater in Radcliff when this happened. I was about to graduate from Meade County High School. I worked with several people who attended North Hardin and who new some of the victims. I will never forget it. I can remember the survivors that came into the store all wrapped up from their burns and stories people told when they came in. It was devastating and I will never forget the impact the accident had on me and I didn't personally know anyone involved. 8 years later on May 14, my niece was born. That date for me turned into a happy day. On June 30, 2012, at the age of 16, she was killed in a drunk driving accident. I never thought it would happen to my family, but it did. I hope and pray that this video can be used to teach our young people about the possible consequences of making the decision to drink and drive.