Crestline, OH Semi Truck Collision, Sep 1946

EIGHT CHILDREN, CRESTLINE MAN, AMONG INJURED.

WILDLY-CAREENING SEMI-TRAILER SMASHES VEHICLE CARRYING YOUNGSTERS, THEN STRIKES HUNTER'S CAR; DRIVER FINED, SUSPENDED.

A wildly careening truck smashed into a parked school bus at 8 a.m. today, injuring eight school children and seriously injuring a man driving another automobile. The three-vehicle collision occurred on West Fourth Street Road, just east of Trimble Road. At least 20 other Hedges school children and the drivers of the bus and truck escaped injury.
E. E. BROWN, 62, of Crestline, was reported by Dr. T. O. Staker, resident physician at General Hospital, to be suffering possible skull fractures and possible internal injuries.
Most seriously injured of the school children was BARBARA ANN SZIRAKI, 10, daughter of E. C. Sziraki, R.D. 3. She was treated for body lacerations and shock. Hospital officials said she was being held for further observation.
Seven other school children were still at General Hospital this morning, where they were being x-rayed for possible fractures and treated for shock.
The children are:
FRANKLIN FRIETCHEN, 8; HARON SMITH, 13; ROBERT DANIELS, 8; LOIS ANN JACKSON, 10; DELORES ANN DANALS, 12; DONNA HAMMOND, 9, and EDWARD FOX, 12, all of R. D. 3.
Kenneth Overton, 25, of Warsaw, Ind., driver of the truck, was fined $25 and costs on a charge of unsafe operation of a vehicle and suspended from driving an automobile in Ohio for 90 days when he was called before Municipal Court Judge H. H. Schettler this afternoon. State Highway Patrolman Albert E. Hartman outlined the case against Overton.
According to Overton the vehicle he was driving failed to respond when he applied his brakes as he bore down on the school bus after climbing a knoll.
"I saw the school bus," Overton said, "and immediately applied the brakes, but they failed to take hold and I lost control. I swerved, but hit the corner of the school bus and struck a car which was stopped at the rear and side of the bus."

Carried 100 Yards.
The car, with BROWN still at the wheel, was carried east on Fourth Street for more than 100 yards by the truck. The two vehicles came to a stop in the ditch on the opposite side of the road. All three vehicles had been headed east.
Witnesses said they believed the Sziraki child was pinned between the school bus and a guard rail. The bus had been carried three feet off the road by the force of the collision.
BROWN and the SZIRAKI child were both taken to General Hospital by ambulance. Eye witnesses estimated that at least 24 children were in the bus at the time of the collision.
K. E. McKown, 200 South Franklin Avenue, driver of the bus, said that all children were shaken by the crash.
Fifteen minutes after the crash children still wandered aimlessly about the bus. Some were dazed. Many were crying.
"Daddy, where's Mama," one of the children cried when he saw his father running up the road.
Many of the parents of the children live in the vicinity of the crash. They came running when they heard the squeal of brakes and the crash of broken glass.
"I just knew it was the school bus when I heard the crash," Mrs. Howard Spangler, R.D. 3, said. "I was only a hundred yards or so from the bus when it happened."
Mrs. Spangler's daughter, July, 6, was on the bus. Her son, Jack, 11, had remained home because of illness.
"I was so scared I didn't know what to do," Mrs. Spangler said. "But I ran instinctively toward the bus. I found my child safe but many were sobbing and crying."
As soon as school officials learned of the accident, they dispatched another bus to pick up injured children and take them to General Hospital for examination.
Children not taken to the hospital were sent home for the day, school officials said.
The school bus, owned by Mrs. Myrtle Houston, normally carries 55 children to Hedges School. All children were of grade school age.
Since the bus had not picked up its full complement of pupils at the time of the crash, some youngsters living nearer the school were taken to Hedges School by parents in private automobiles, Glen L. Robinson, principal said.

News-Journal Mansfield Ohio 1946-09-25