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Eugene, OR Bus And Auto Collision, Dec 1946

BUS-CAR SMASHUP CAUSES DEATHS OF EIGHT YOUTHS.

TWO OTHERS DIE IN PORTLAND ACCIDENTS; BUS AND SEDAN CRASH NEAR EUGENE.

At least 10 persons were dead today as the result of highway accidents including one which claimed eight lives near Eugene, on rain-swept Oregon highways this weekend.
Lane County suffered its worst highway accident in history when eight young persons were killed when their sedan collided head-on with a southbound Greyhound passenger bus. At least five of the bus's 20 passengers suffered minor injuries.
State highway patrolmen said the accident occurred during a heavy downpour shortly after 10 p.m., Saturday night 11 miles north of Eugene.
Two other fatal accidents occurred in the Portland area Sunday. MRS. MABEL AMACHER, 60, Portland, was killed in a collision on the Ross Island Bridge, and LESTER DORYLAND,
34, was thrown out of his car and killed when it skidded out of control south of Oregon City.
The dead from the bus-car collision were:
WILLIAM A. GETTS, 22, Eugene, driver of the car.
DONNA HENAGER, 19, Eugene.
WAYNE C. BROADSWORD, 20, Springfield
ELLSWORTH BROADSWORD, 22, Springfield.
LEROY E. HICKS, 20, Eugene.
KENNETH GILLETTE, 20, Springfield.
MAJORIE RITCHEY, 22, Eugene.
NEVA RYEL, 19, of Aline, Okla., who was visiting relatives in Cheshire.
State police said the accident occurred on a straight stretch of highway. A passenger on the bus said he saw the heavy sedan approaching the bus from the opposite direction on the wrong side of the highway, the driver apparently blinded by the heavy rain.

Medford Mail Tribune Oregon 1946-12-16



article | by Dr. Radut