Dowagiac, MI Bus And Truck Accident, Dec 1945

SEVEN DOWAGIAC BUS ACCIDENT VICTIMS REPORTED NEAR DEATH.

TRUCK DRIVER HELD IN CRASH FATAL TO 2.

25 OTHERS INJURED ON M-40 THREE MILES NORTH OF CITY LAST NIGHT WHEN INDIAN TRAILS COACH HITS UNLIGHTED VEHICLE.

Dowagiac, Mich., Dec. 28 -- (AP) -- Two persons were dead and seven of 32 others injured were in serious condition today as the result of a bus crash on highway M-40, three miles north of here, last night.
The dead, both passengers on the Indian Trails bus bound from Chicago to Flint, were identified as NEAL JUNIOR DUNCAN, 19, of Oxford, Mich., and GARFIELD LONG, 19, of Decatur, Mich.

DUNCAN was killed as the bus, driven by ROY H. KINCAID of Owosso, struck a semi-trailer truck parked on the highway and plunged into a ditch. KINCAID told Dowagiac and State Police that a gasoline truck approaching in the opposite direction prevented him from swerving around the parked vehicle, driven by HAROLD AIKENS of Detroit.
AIKENS said he had run out of gas and had gone into Dowagiac for more fuel. State Police said flares which had been set up around the truck apparently had burned out or had been blown out by the wind.

The driver of the truck, HAROLD AIKENS, 33, of Detroit, demanded examination when arraigned on charges of manslaughter and negligent homicide before Justice Adam Greenwald in Cassopolis shortly before noon today.
The date for the examination was set for Jan. 2, and AIKENS was remanded to the jail on default of $2,000 bonds.
AIKENS, Cass County deputies said, had only worked for the Consolidated Truck Lines for 24 days after being released from the Army. He is the father of seven children.
LONG died a short time later at Lee Memorial Hospital here, where the other injured were treated.
The body of GARFIELD LONG, 20, was taken to a Dowagiac funeral home, after he was instantly killed in the accident last night.
GARFIELD was born May 13, 1925 at Mt. View, Ark., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Long. He married Miss Mildred DePalma of North Carolina, July 2, 1945 and had lived here since then.
Besides his wife and parents he leaves three brothers, Oatho, Decatur; George and Woodrow Lee, both of Mt. View, Ark.; and three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Harrell, and Mrs. Gladys Crump, both of Decatur and Mrs. Beatrice Jones of Dowagiac.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Hospital authorities listed the seven still in serious condition today as:
AUGUST BESEMER, 29, South Haven, Mich., compound fractures of both legs.
CHARLES SCISCO, 14, Dowagiac, leg injuries and possible skull fracture.
WALTER TURNER, 50, Little Rock, Ark., leg fracture.
RAYMOND ANTECKI, 22, Grand Rapids, leg injuries and facial lacerations.
MRS. CARRIE SMITH, 51, Grand Rapids, head, neck, shoulder and leg injuries.
MRS. JOSEPH TOMASEK, Western Springs, Illinois, leg and head injuries.
MRS. DOROTHY MYERS, 18, Flint, fractured right leg and pelvic injuries.
Others released after treatment included:
MARJORIE FISHER, 26, route 1, Niles, facial lacerations.
SHIRLEY STEVENS, 21, 303 West High Street, Dowagiac, facial injuries.
THELMA YALCH, South Saginaw Road, Flint, eye injury.
MICHAEL YALCH, same address, face and chest injuries.
MRS. C. S. MITCHELL, 45, 2235 Sheffield, Kalamazoo, injuries undetermined.
JESSE RODRIGUEZ, 35, Marshall, Mich., injuries undetermined.
CLARENCE TONTINUS, 42, 208 N. Westedge, Kalamazoo, injuries undetermined.
PVT. JAMES WAHLEN, 21, 55 West Champion, Battle Creek, arm injuries.
MRS. MARGARET WAHLEN, 20, same address, head injuries.
EARL KELCH, 60, 13802 Mitchell, Detroit, jaw injuries.
FRANK FIELDS, 45, 926 Williams, Lansing, bruises.
MAMIE WHITEHEAD, 27, 3718 Second Avenue, Detroit, face injuries.
PVT. ROBERT WARNER, 22, Mecosta, Mich., facial injuries.
HASLEY LIPSON, 31, 427 Henry, Detroit, facial injuries.
GEORGE D. LIPSON, 45, same address, facial injuries.
MRS. AMELIA FILL, 24, 1658 Bell Avenue, Flint, throat injuries.
EDWARD RUGGLES, JR., 10, 1210 East 15th Street, Royal Oak, Mich., face injuries.
ANGELINE RUGGLES, 50, same address, face injuries.
JOSEPH LA FLEUR, 63, 510 W. Main, South Bend, Ind., back injuries.
ESTHER MORRIS, 47, Allegan, Mich., face injuries.
T/SGT E. A. KRADOWSKI, 28, 6191 Norwalk, Detroit, face injuries.
JEAN KOETJE, 20, 1524 Holland, Kalamazoo, injuries undetermined.

The News-Palladium Benton Harbor Michigan 1945-12-28