Fairbanks, AK Bus And Truck Collision, Mar 1952
NINE INJURED IN COLLISION ON RICHARDSON.
BUS CRASHES INTO PARKED TRUCK; SEVEN SERVICEMEN HOSPITALIZED.
TWO WOMEN PASSENGERS ON BUS ARE INJURED; DRIVER STATED HE DID NOT SEE OTHER VEHICLE DUE TO BRIGHT SUN.
Seven local servicemen landed in Ladd air force base hospital and $2,000 worth of damage resulted to an Alaska Coachways bus following a collision of the bus with an army truck last night. The accident occurred on the Richardson highway about 10 miles south of Fairbanks about 6 p.m., the Alaska highway patrol reported today.
The army 2 1/2-ton six-by-six truck was headed toward Fairbanks, parked on the side of the road while the driver, Cpl. GEORGE JORDAN and Sgt. O. C. THOMPSON were loading a machine gun rack. They are attached to the 450th AAA unit.
MALCOLM E. GREIMANN, driver of the bus, was heading for Fairbanks with a load of servicemen from Eielson air force base. GREIMANN stated that the sun was in his eyes and he did not notice the army vehicle at first. When he saw it he tried to swerve out around the truck, but was unable to do so.
The front of the bus was caved in, doing an estimated amount of damage of around $2,000. The truck was damaged to the extent of about $50.
GREIMANN suffered a bruised leg.
The servicemen were removed to the Ladd Hospital. HOMER EATON was reported to have a possible left leg fracture. Minor lacerations were suffered by MERLE L. DEEGE, OSCAR L. MORELAND, JEWEL MALLARD, JIMMY L. DICKERSON, DANIEL G. DOMIGUEZ and ROBERT J. COATES.
MRS. STANLEY VERSCHAETSE and MRS. CLAUDETTE BONAR, serviceman's wives aboard the bus were bruised. They were taken to the Eielson AFB dispensary, treated and released.
The Alaska highway patrol today was investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.
Fairbanks Daily News Miner Alaska 1952-04-01