Remembering the 1958 Bus Crash
February 29, 2016
On Febuary 28th, 1958, 26 of the 48 students died after the the bus clipped a truck on old US 23, and plunged into the Big Sandy River, the bus driver died as well. The bus strayed off the highway, down an 80 foot embankment, and into the river. There were 22 survivors; however, several families lost one or more children. The Goble family lost them all. It wasn’t until May 10th all bodies were found and pulled out of the river. There was speculation on whether the bus had malfunctioned, or if it was a driver error. The Floyd County Rescue Squad formed shortly after this incident as a means to prevent any other tragedies. There are several different memorials to remember the lost lives from that day. The event is still the worst school bus crash in our nation’s history.