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Crystal Springs, MS Bus And Train Collision, Aug 1942

DEATH TOLL NOW 15 IN BUS, TRAIN CRASH AT CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

OVER 30 INJURED IN WRECK AT UPTOWN INTERSECTION.

Crystal Springs, Miss., Aug. 6 (AP) -- Two more deaths today brought to 15 the toll of a bus-passenger train collision here yesterday. More than 30 of the 52 persons in the bus were injured in the wreck at a downtown intersection of this southern Mississippi city.

FOUR EN ROUTE HERE.
At least four of the 15 persons killed in the Crystal Springs bus-train crash were cadets enroute to the Greenville Army Flying School from Dorr Field, Arcadia, Florida.
Cadet and MRS. H. M. SHINEBARGER of Erin, New York, enroute here, were among the victims. The SHINEBARGERS' had been married only five days.
Cadets J. M. LANDT of Syracuse, New York, and GEDDIE ROY SMATHERS, of Charlotte, North Carolina, were victims as well as W. J. RESCOIL of Dorr Field.
Cadet MORGAN SMITH of Yankton, South Dakota, who arrived here today by automobile from Dorr Field, Florida, said Cadet SMATHERS was his roommate at the Florida primary field.

Efforts were continuing today to identify the bodies of two women taken to Jackson, Miss., funeral parlors after the crash.
Witnesses said the impact was so terrific that the engine in the rear part of the bus was torn out, the top ripped off and dead and injured strewn along the track. The train was not derailed and its passengers suffered no serious hurts.
Most of the dead and injured were aboard the bus which witnesses said "appeared to be lifted up in the air, and looked for an instant as if it were riding the top of the locomotive."

Stops For Freight.
H. T. MORTON of Crystal Springs, a bus passenger, said the driver stopped for a northbound freight to clear the crossing.
"We drove on to the track right behind the freight and the southbound passenger train hit us," he said.
MRS. W. L. DODDS of Osyko, Miss., was killed when the heavy bus hurtled through the air and overturned on the sidewalk where she was standing trying to warn the driver of his danger.
In addition to MRS. DODDS, the dead were listed as:
DONALD WHITMORE, Atlantic, Ia.
WIILLIAM J. RESCORL, Dorr Field, Fla.
ROSCOE SMITH, Brookhaven.
MR. and MRS. H. M. SHINEBARGER, RFD No. 2, Erin, N.Y.
J. M. LANDT, 364 Roxford road, Syracuse, N.Y.
GEDDIE ROY SMATHERS, 320 West Kingston avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
A. A. ZELBERDURT, Bayonne, N.J.
MRS. FANNIE JOHNSTON SMITH, Crystal Springs.
MRS. ELLA SMITH, Crystal Springs.
TRULY SMITH, Brookhaven.
MRS. ZELLIE ESTELLE CUTRER, Osyka.
Two unidentified women.

The Delta Democrat Times Greenville Mississippi 1942-08-06



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