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Tragedy Of School Bus 27

On Feb 28, 1958, in Prestonsburg Kentucky , a school bus loaded with children ran off the road into a flooded river. From what I understand, the stream was normally very shallow, but was flooding at the time of the accident. I was 13 years old at the time, but remember it very well. My brother was in the National Guard (Danville, KY Unit) , and his unit was called to the rescue/recovery, as were many other units around the state. When they pulled the bus up, 26 children and the driver had drowned. The recovery of bodies took weeks of dragging the river, as the water was swift, and the water temperature was very cold. Itís said to have been the worst school bus tragedy in history.

W. C. Burchett wrote a song about this tragedy, and folk/country singer Ralph Bowman recorded it. Folks, itís a real tear jerker. I get chills to this day when I hear this song, and when I think about this tragic accident and what the parents of the children went through. Many of the parents and survivors are still with us, and to them I dedicate this song. God bless you all. And also to all the Prestonsburg men and women from many departments, including civilians, who worked so very hard around the clock to rescue/recover these children. And to the men of the many Kentucky National Guard units who were part of the recovery effort. Though itís been a long time, we will never forget what you did.


Click on above photo to listen to Ralph Bowman sing Tragedy Of School Bus 27 in the MP3 format.


A great big thanks to Jonie for sending me the Stanley Brother's version of this sad tragedy. "No School Bus In Heaven" Just click on above photo to listen.

Sorry to say I don't remember who sent me the below song, but I sure do thank him/her. It's titled Yellow Tomb by Howard Vokes. Click on title below to listen.

Yellow Tomb
Howard Vokes







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