this day in crime history: may 14, 1988

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On this day in 1988, an intoxicated driver named Larry Wayne Mahoney drove his pickup truck onto Interstate 71 in Kentucky. Mahoney was traveling north. In the southbound lane. Around 11:00 PM, he collided with a Church activity bus that was returning from a trip to the Kings Island amusement park. The crash caused a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in the bus catching fire. Twenty-seven of the bus’s sixty-seven passengers were killed. Thirty-four more were injured. It was the deadliest drunk-driving accident in US history, and the second deadliest bus accident.

Mahoney was convicted of twenty-seven counts of manslaughter and sentenced to sixteen years in prison. He was released after serving just short of eleven years. A memorial next to Interstate 71 marks the site of the crash.

Further reading:

Crime Library – The Carrollton School Bush Inferno

Wikipedia – Carrollton, Kentucky bus collision

The Cincinnati Enquirer – Drunken Driver Lives in Obscurity

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4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: may 14, 1988

  1. John D.:
    I guess what bothers me the MOST about this tragedy, is that after a conviction of TWENTY-SEVEN counts of manslaughter, the jerk ONLY got five years LESS than a mere 17 years…somehow, that doesn’t seem just compensation for all the families affected by the deaths.
    But, I could be wrong.

    Very good post.

    Stay safe out there.

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