Creswell, OR Car And Bus Collision, Apr 1958
CAR, BUS HIT; 5 LEFT DEAD.
Eugene, Ore. (AP) -- A trip to a high school dance ended in death for five persons when their car collided head-on with a Greyhound bus Friday night.
The car and bus smashed into each other on State Highway 226 near the small western Oregon town of Creswell, 12 miles south of here.
A high school dance at Creswell was the destination of the victims, three young men and two girls. Nine of the 25 persons aboard the bus were injured, none seriously.
It was one of the worst traffic accidents in Oregon history.
State Police Sgt. HARRY NELSON said the collision occurred as the car attempted to turn off the highway.
The bus went out of control after the collision and veered into a shallow roadside ditch, but remained upright, police said.
The crumpled car careened into the same ditch and came to rest about 40 feet from the bus. It took police two hours to remove the bodies.
The male victims were identified as JOHN LOUIS BRODIGAN, 17, and DONALD KEITH MATHEWS, 16, both of nearby Cottage Grove, and THOMAS RILEY HUCKABY, 21, Route 1, Lindsay, Okla.
State Police identified the two girls as PEGGY JEAN WORKS, 16, Anlauf, and DEANNA GAYLE OLESON, 15, of Curtin. Anlauf is a small town eight miles south of Cottage Grove and Curtin is in the same area.
The Post-Register Idaho Falls Idaho 1958-04-06