Lexington, VA Bus Crashes Into Parked Truck, Jan 1957

FATAL BUS CRASH NEAR LEXINGTON UNEXPLAINED.

HIGHWAY WAS DRY WHEN VEHICLE PLOWED INTO TRUCK, KILLING 6 AND INJURING 34 PASSENGERS.

Lexington, Va., Jan. 5 (AP) - There was no official explanation today for the crash last night of a double-decker Greyhound bus into the rear of a parked tractor-trailer that claimed six lives, including those of three members of one family.
State Police said U.S. 11 - a heavily traveled, dual-laned, divided highway through Virginia's picturesque Shenandoah Valley - was dry when the bus plowed into the heavy truck loaded with iron pipe.
In addition, State Trooper S. W. Talbert quoted passengers as saying the bus ran over warning flares put out by the driver of the truck after his vehicle broke down. The truck was parked partly on the roadside and partly on the pavement, Trooper Talbert said he was told.
Besides six persons dead, the crash - which sheared off most of the front of the bus, en route from Memphis, Tenn., to New York - injured 34 persons. Sixteen were hospitalized here
Victims of the bus-truck crash were:
SCHERER SUILINS SUTLIFF, 48, of Roanoke, the bus driver;
COL. MILTON BARBEE ROGERS, 61, of Rockbridge County;
KENNETH TYACKE, 40, of Washington;
MRS. REGINA MARIE JACKSON, 21, of Scranton, Pa.;
MRS. JACKSON'S 3-week-old son, EDWARD EUGENE JACKSON, JR.;
and MRS. JACKSON'S mother-in-law, MRS. JOE S. JACKSON, 63, of Wytheville.
The six were killed and 34 persons hurt when the northbound bus rammed into the rear of a parked tractor-trailer loaded with iron pipe. Sixteen of the injured were hospitalized.

The Progress-Index Petersburg Virginia 1957-01-06