Bus crash documentary to be available on DVD

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‘After the Crash’ depicts May 1988 wreck involving Radcliff residents

By Jeff D'Alessio

A documentary depicting the events of the May 14, 1988, bus crash in northern Kentucky that killed 27 — including 24 children — from Radcliff First Assembly of God Church, will be available this week on DVD.

“Impact: After the Crash” was shown twice locally during the 25th anniversary of the bus crash in May. The film is available on DVD through Amazon starting Friday, according to the film’s Facebook page.

Darrin Jaquess, one of the survivors of the drunken-driving crash near Carrollton, said the film allows the public to get a clearer view of the events of that night and the aftermath of the crash. The group was on its way home from a trip to King’s Island in Mason, Ohio.

“I’m glad that there is some publication available for people to see what the survivors went through in terms of the healing process, coping with tragedy, and people can see the results of drinking and driving,” he said. “I hope that everyone takes away from this documentary that impaired driving not only affects the driver and victim of the accident.

“It affects family members, friends, a community, even the nation,” Jaquess said.

According to the film’s Facebook page, “Our documentary will take viewers back to that fateful night — including a dramatic and powerful recreation of the crash — and then explore how those who lost family and friends have over the years both suffered and recovered from their pain and losses.” 

The film is 82 minutes and is directed by Jason Epperson. Harold Dennis, a crash survivor, is one of four producers.

One of Jaquess’ sons, Zach, participated in the film. That was an emotional experience for both. Darrin Jaquess said the film can be life-changing.

“I want to thank all involved, the support from friends, family, and the communities’ involvement, MADD, the media for getting the information out, and the producers of the documentary for making it happen,” he said. “I think it will save America, one life at a time.”

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.