Monroeville, PA Bus Crashes On Ramp, Jan 1984


Monroeville, Pa. (AP) - A tour bus carrying 38 Ohio residents to a weekend ski trip overturned on a ramp to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday morning, injuring 33 people, two seriously.
The names of three people still hospitalized Saturday evening were not immediately available.
The bus was one of three carrying employees and others on a trip from Trinity Hospital in Steubenville, Ohio, to Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County.
The bus left Ohio at 6 a.m. and overturned at 9:44 a.m. after crashing through a guide rail on a ramp leading from U.S. 22 to the east-bound turnpike, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, police said.
State police said the bus - owned by McCarter Transit Inc. of Beaver Falls, Pa., and driven by MERLE EUGENE CRAWFORD, 73, also of Beaver Falls - was traveling too fast as it entered the curved ramp.
A message left with a bus company employee by the Associated Press was not immediately returned Saturday. CRAWFORD declined comment when reached at home by the AP.
It took rescue workers about 45 minutes to remove bus windows so the passengers could be removed. They were taken to various Pittsburgh-area hospitals, where almost all were treated and released.
A 55-year-old woman remained hospitalized in serious condition at Allegheny General Hospital.

Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 1984-01-18