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Prestonsburg School Bus Disaster
Big Sandy Riverbed
Prestonsburg, Ky 41653

County: Floyd County
GPS: 37.6656527, -82.7715486
WebSite: None

Near the riverbed in the 1958, there was the nations worst bus wreck ever, killing over 20 children and the bus driver! There is now a little shack where it happened. Some say, at night in the little shack, you can hear screams. Prestonsburg School Bus Disaster Caution this contains descriptions of the accident and the aftermath and may not be suitable for all readers.



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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 10059     2/27/2008 10:55:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

That is so sad to hear the monument was a good idea but to the kids who died RIP

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 10669     3/14/2008 12:18:00 PM     Edit       Reply    


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 12727     5/9/2008 3:23:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Tha article was scary!!!!!!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 12728     5/9/2008 3:26:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

that is so sad! I feel sorry for the people that were on that bus. Now it maked me think twice of riding the bus next year. I wonder what they would have been like today? TO the people that were on that bus R.I.P.!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 21436     10/21/2008 4:13:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

ive been to the site and its true. you can really hear voices. when we went though, we parked beside the wreath that says floyd county rescue squad. you dont have to go to the shack... we went there at around 8:00 am and parked by the guard rail. you can hear voices, just by using your cell phone to video yourself asking questions. they answer most of the time. a little boy and an older boy can be heard. we asked if their stuck there and a little replied " im thinking im stuck here" they also answer to their names doris burtchett and james carey.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 39478 ReplyTo# 21436     9/11/2009 8:53:00 PM     Edit          


               Like      Dislike        Comment# 22268     10/29/2008 3:18:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

i go to school in prestonsburg what a cowinkydink!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 32762     5/21/2009 12:51:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I am an American Red Cross volunteer who assisted the East KY flood victims in May 2009. I managed a shelter for displaced residents for ten days. One day an elderly man came into my shelter to pick up some cleaning supplies that we were distributing and showed me an old envelope that he carried in his wallet containing a tuft of hair. He said, "I don't show this to just anybody, but I want to show it to you because you look just like what I picture in my mind that my little sister would have looked like if she had survived the crash." I looked at the strands of dark hair as he gingerly held the envelope with two shaking hands. "What crash?" I asked. "The crash of '58", he said. "I was on that bus. When it went into the Big Sandy I grabbed her by the hair and tried to pull her out of the bus windshield as the bus floated down the river. I wouldn't let go. Her hair did. This is all I have left of her." The next day, I drove to Prestonsburg after researching the wreck on the internet and looked for the crash site. Two local residents wouldn't help me find it. They both said that the didn't want to be reminded of it and seemed offended that I had any interest in it. One of the men told me that if you go to the old concrete span bridge over the Big Sandy you can hear children playing.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 36919     7/31/2009 12:39:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Where is this? I live in Van Lear. Never heard of this.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 83943 ReplyTo# 36919     2/2/2014 11:21:00 PM     Edit          

I was in VanLear when it happened. I was just little but found a steel hook up a coal mine behind the house. I thought they might need it to help dredge for the children. I was about nine years old at the time.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 36991     8/1/2009 6:49:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

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My dad's family is from Prestonsburg. And had they (my dad, uncle and 2 aunts)not missed the bus that day, they would have been on it. My dad did'nt talk much about it, I believe he lost several friends in the crash. I intend to return to Prestonsburg one day, visit the crash site, and the old homestead.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 39474     9/11/2009 8:30:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

That supposedly "haunted shack" was there in 1958. It is a county road workers tool shack. I know because I was there in March of 1958 and passed it several times. As a matter of fact the tracks of the school bus passed less than 10 feet from the shack. Had it hit that small storage building the bus would never have gone into the Levista Fork (Big Sandy) River. Shame on you people for using such a tragedy for your fantasies about the surreal!!

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 49055     3/1/2010 5:47:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Wow. I had never thought this would be so tragic. I am 60 years old and I was 8 when this happened. r.i.p.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 50301     4/6/2010 11:03:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

watch a full moon and the river.it's strange

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 57937     9/12/2010 5:40:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

im from buchanan county,va....tried learning all i could of this tragedy,but aint the "shack" an old pump house belonging to benny blackburn who lived in the wide spot beside road where bus went over?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 85251     7/13/2014 5:56:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

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My grandmother told me she rode that bus and skipped school that day with her boyfriend. It just made me think how many people we truly lost other than the 27 that day. If my grandmother had rode that bus an something happen to her she wouldn't have her 8 children 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.




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