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Chattahoochee, FL School Bus And Truck Collision, May 1937

SIX HIGH SCHOOL BOYS KILLED AS TRUCK HITS BUS.

STUDENTS WERE RETURNING FROM A FUTURE FARMERS MEETING.

Chattahoochee, Fla., May 9 -- (AP) -- Six high school boys from Greensboro, Fla., were killed in a collision of their school bus and a motor truck near here last midnight.
All members of the Greensboro club of Future Farmers of America, the boys were returning from a convention trip to Marianna when the bus and the flat bottomed body of the truck sideswiped.
The dead were:
FRANCIS SHEPPARD, 16.
EDWIN WALKER, 17.
HARRY VAN LANDINGHAM, 14.
HIGH EUBANKS, 17.
RUSSELL ROWAN, 15.
BERNARD ROWAN, 15, Russell's cousin.
Two others, MACK SHEPPARD and HENRY DONES were near death at the Florida State hospital where DR. RALPH STEPHENS, chief physician, said SHEPPARD had a slim chance to survive.
Members of the party said about 35 boys were in the bus, which was being driven by THOMAS SMITH. Seats were placed lengthwise along both sides of the bus and through the center.
The left side of the bus was torn out, but the driver was not injured.
"It was terrible," said SAM SMITH, his brother, who received a slight head injury.
"I was sitting in the back of the bus on the side where the truck hit. I didn't see it coming and didn't know anything about it until it hit us. We were on our side of the road. Some of the boys were screaming about their brothers being killed."
Officers arrested a negro as driver of the truck. He was held in jail at Marianna.
Funeral services for some of the victims were held today in the rural community of Greenwood. Others will be buried tomorrow.

Florence Morning News South Carolina 1937-05-10



article | by Dr. Radut