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New Color Footage Found In Fatal Floyd County Bus Crash

Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 27, 2019

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) -Another piece of never before seen footage is helping to give a new perspective on one of the most painful pieces of Kentucky’s History.

On February 28, 1958, a school bus careened off the road into the Big Sandy River killing 26 students and the driver.

At the time, it was the worst school bus crash in US history.

In 2010 a Kentucky filmmaker released a documentary on the tragedy and since then, several home videos have been uncovered shedding new light on the tragedy.

This is the third time since the release of his documentary “The Very Worst Thing” in 2010 that Michael Crisp has been surprised by stunning color video of the Floyd County School bus tragedy.

“They’re silent films but we believe they were shot in 8mm and they just really drive home the point of this incredible tragedy,” Crisp told LEX 18.

In December, he was contacted by a Louisville man who found the latest footage shot by his grandfather Talmage Meade. His family just happened to be passing through Prestonsburg when they stopped along the banks of the Big Sandy and began rolling.

“The angles and watching the people and the expressions on their faces and watching the rescuers immediately descend on the bus to start pulling victims out on stretchers

Crisp says they will be re-releasing the documentary re-cut with all the new footage.