Saco, ME Auto And Bus Collision, Aug 1946


Saco, Me., Aug. 18 (AP) - Five persons were killed and more than a score injured, several critically tonight, in the head-on collision of a bus carrying 18 passengers and an automobile on the heavily-traveled Cascades Road connecting Old Orchard Beach and U.S. Route 1.
The dead, a man, two women and two young girls, were riding in the automobile. Six of the injured, three of them children, were believed by Saco City Marshal George E. Mapes also to have been occupants of the four-door sedan.
The 40-passenger bus, operated by the Checker Cab Co., Manchester, N.H., was bound from Portland to Manchester. Ten of the passengers, including the driver, were injured.
The others were shaken up.
Papers - including a driver's license - found in the dead man's clothing, bore the name of HERMAN R. VIOLETTE, 33, Lewiston.
The other bodies, taken to funeral parlors at Biddeford, were not identified immediately.
State police said the injured bus driver, ROMEO COTE, 34, Manchester, said the mishap occurred when the automobile tried to pass another machine on the upgrade, one-half mile from the junction with Route 1.
The heavily traveled road is fairly narrow much of its course between the main highway and the beach resort.

Pottstown Mercury Pennsylvania 1946-08-19