CINCINNATI - The I-71 bus crash in Kentucky that killed 27 people, mostly children, returning from Kings Island on May 14, 1988 after a church trip prompted several legislative changes related to bus transportation.
One of the most immediate results involved bus construction and safety.
Days after the crash, then-Kentucky Governor Wallace Wilkinson formed the Governor's Task Force on School Bus Safety to examine buses and make recommendations for safety enhancements.
In the Carrollton incident, a Meade County Schools school bus had been sold to a church in Radcliff, Kentucky. A pickup truck traveling northbound on I-71 in the southbound lanes struck the bus head on. Most of the victims ended up trapped in the bus after it caught fire.
By July 1988, the Kentucky Legislature approved a number of changes recommended by the committee that were signed into law by Gov. Wilkinson. Twenty-five years later, the recommendations remain law.
Below is a list of some of the recommendations from the task force.