Hancock, MD Blue Ridge Bus Accident, Dec 1948

BLUE RIDGE BUS SWEPT BY FLAMES.

DRIVER, WOMAN HAVE MINOR INJURIES; TWO PERSONS KILLED IN WRECK AT HANCOCK.

By the Associated Press.
Two woman were killed and a bus was destroyed by fire in accidents on ice-glazed highways in Western Maryland today.
Twenty passengers aboard the bus narrowly escaped injury when the bus skidded into a guard rail and then burst into flames. The bus driver and a woman passenger were hospitalized at Hagerstown.
Injured in the bus accident were CHARLES REDMOND, SR., of Cumberland, the driver, and MRS. FRANCES BECHTEL of Philadelphia. REDMOND suffered a slight concussion and cuts about the head. MRS. BECHTEL was treated for arm and chest injuries.
State Police said the bus, operated by the Blue Ridge Transportation Company, was traveling toward Cumberland when it skidded on a hill between Clear Spring and Hancock and hit a guard rail.
One gas tank exploded as the bus struck the guard rail, and passengers had to run through burning gasoline which spread over the bus and the highway. Shortly after the passengers emerged from the bus, the second tank went up. The bus was engulfed in flames and destroyed. All baggage aboard was lost.
State Trooper Harold Basore said it was "almost a miracle" that anyone escaped from the bus. He commended the injured driver for his work in directing the passengers to safety through the front door and a rear emergency door.

FATAL AUTO WRECK NEAR HANCOCK.

Killed when their car skidded into a bridge culvert near Hancock were MRS. BRUCE M. FISHER, SR., 47, wife of the Bedford, Pa., high school football coach, and DOROTHY FISHER, 19. DOROTHY was the daughter of James Fisher of Bedford, no relation to the Bruce Fishers.
Hospitalized at Berkeley Springs, W. Va., are BRUCE FISHER, 48, and his 19-year-old son, BRUCE, JR. Their injuries are not considered serious.

The News Frederick Maryland 1948-12-29