December 14, 1989 |
Defense witnesses blamed flammable seats and mechanical defects for the deaths of 27 people in a church bus collision that has been called the worst drunk-driving accident in U.S. history. Larry Mahoney, 36, is on trial in Carrollton, Ky., accused of driving drunk last year when his pickup truck collided head-on with a bus. The state medical examiner has ruled that all 27 victims died of smoke inhalation.
May 16, 1988 |
A crowded church bus burst into flame when it was struck head-on by a pickup truck traveling on the wrong side of an interstate highway late Saturday, killing 27 people, most of them teen-agers. Distraught parents clutching medical and dental records made a grim pilgrimage here Sunday to identify the victims of the fiery crash, who were heading home from an amusement park. The collision, one of the worst bus accidents in U.S.
December 23, 1989 |
A jury on Friday recommended 16 years in prison for the man who caused the nation's worst drunken-driving accident, but families of some of Larry Mahoney's 27 victims said it is not enough. Mahoney, 36, was led in handcuffs out of the Carroll County Courthouse and taken to the local jail after Circuit Judge Charles Satterwhite discontinued his bail. Satterwhite is to sentence Mahoney formally in February.
November 29, 1989 |
Teen-age survivors testified about the panic on a burning church bus that collided with a pickup truck headed the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Ky. "It looked like somebody was standing in the front of the bus with a flamethrower," one said. The May, 1988, accident killed 27 people. The truck driver, Larry Mahoney, 36, faces 27 counts of murder, one count of drunk driving and other charges.