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Whitefish remembers victims of bus crash

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Jan 25 2014 07:46:56 PM MST
KALISPELL, Mont. -

One of the worst highway accidents in our state's history remains heavy on the hearts of many Montanans.

It's been 30 years since the accident killed nine people from Whitefish.

A bus carrying cheerleaders and wrestlers from Whitefish High School collided with a fuel tanker on January 21, 1984.

Friday, school officials held a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the accident.

The team and its supporters were coming back over the Continental Divide after heading back from a match-up in Browning.

"Anyone sitting in the first two rows died on impact," said Scot Ferda.

High School Freshman Football Coach Scot Ferda spoke at Friday night’s basketball game telling everyone about each of the victims of the crash.

Thursday evening, Ferda also held a moment of silence before the wrestling team's dual against Columbia Falls.

Most people I reached out to tell me it's still too difficult for them to talk about, even 30 years later.

"I am a better person, I am a better coach, I am a better human being having known these people and I am honored to be here tonight just to hold them up and remember them.  Although they are gone, they are not forgotten," said Ferda.