Blakeslee, PA Bus And Auto Collision, Jan 1957
FIVE STUDENTS KILLED AS BUS RAMS INTO AUTO.
Blakeslee, Pa. - (AP) - A Greyhound bus running behind schedule because of fog, freezing rain and ice-slicked highway, plowed head-on into an automobile in desolate Effort Mountain Tuesday killing five persons.
Those who lost their lives were students at nearby East Stroudsburg State Teachers College. They were riding in the car.
Six passengers in the damaged bus were transferred to another one that had been traveling a short distance behind. None was reported hurt.
The crash, on Route 115, occurred at 1:15 P.M. in an isolated section of Monroe County in the heart of this northeastern Pennsylvania Pocono Mountain resort belt. The site is five miles south of Blakeslee and about half-way between Wilkes-Barre and Stroudsburg.
The two-lane road that sweeps over Effort Mountain - its flattened top is a ridge 10 miles long - was shrouded in fog and glazed with frozen rain and snow.
The dead were identified as:
TERRY HAWK of Nescopeck;
McCLELLAN P. WHITENIGHT, 18;
and DEMETRIUS SPEROS-MARINOS, 19, both of Bloomsburg;
WILLIAM J. SNYDER, 20, of Danville;
and BERNARD BASCI, 21, of Berwick.
SPEROS-MARINOS was driving the car.
All except BASCI were killed instantly. BASCI died shortly before arrival at East Stroudsburg Hospital.
HAWK was a junior, the others were sophomores.
The youths were en route to the teachers college to register for the spring semester. They had been home on a week-long mid-term holiday.
Altoona Tribune Pennsylvania 1957-01-30