Kingman, AZ Train And Bus Collision, Jan 1944




Kingman, Ariz., Jan. 7 (U.P.) -- A Transcontinental fast freight slashed into an army bus crammed with air cadets just outside the main gate of the Kingman air bast last night, killing 27 and injuring eight in one of the worst bus-train wrecks in Arizona's history.
Army authorities said the bus, a semi-trailer type, was returning 36 cadets from night gunnery practice when the accident occurred.
Witnesses said the heavy diesel-powered Santa Fe freight was rolling west of a slight downgrade as it approached the crossing.

Bus Leaps Forward.
At a signal from the crossing guard the bus halted. After pausing for several seconds, it suddenly leaped forward onto the tracks directly in the path of the onrushing freight.
The train's cowcatcher caught the vehicle squarely jackknifing it and dragging the crumpled wreckage several hundred yards down the track. Pieces were thrown over a wide area.
Base medical officers immediately set up a field hospital at the scene and ordered 300 men to stand by for blood transfusions to the more seriously injured.

Difficulty Is Met.
Considerable difficulty was met in removing dead and injured from the mass of crumpled steel and metal that had been the bus. In some instances it was necessary to pry the wreckage apart to extricate the bodies.
Engineer C. L. HICKEY, Needles, Calif., said his train was making a normal, 45-mile-an-hour approach to the crossing at the time.
"I whistled for the crossing and noticed the bus in the glare of my headlight," HICKEY said.
"It appeared to be making a full stop at the crossing. Suddenly if jumped forward and landed squarely in front of us. I didn't even have time to apply the air before we hit it."
Twenty-five of the dead were air cadets, one a student officer and the other, the driver, an enlisted man. One officer miraculously escaped injury.
The dead:
2nd Lt. ALTEMONT R. BRITTON, 25, father Altemont R. Britton, Sr., Hamilton, Ala.
A/C ROBERT L. JOHNSON, father Irvin L. Johnson, Pottstown, Pa.
SEYMOUR KAHN, 19, father Morriss Kahn, Bronx, N.Y.
DONALD B. KELLER, 21, father Francis B. Keller, Minot, N.D.
KENNETH L. KIRK, 29, father Michael F. Kirk, Sioux Falls, S.D.
ALFRED M. KITE, 22, mother Mrs. Effie E. Kite, Waynesboro, Va.
ROBERT J. KNAPP, 26, mother Mrs. Elizabeth A. Knapp.
ROBERT W. KNAPP, JR., father Robert W. Knapp, St. Louis, Mo.
CHESTER S. CULPA, wife Mrs. Lorayne Culpa, Chicago, Ill.
DONALD L. KUSNEREK, 21, father Louis B. Kusnerek, Little Falls, Minn.
NORMAN F. LEAP, mother Mrs. Elizabeth F. Leap, Riverside, Cal.
HERBERT A. LEWIS, 20, mother Mrs. Iva V. Lewis, Schenectady, N.Y.
ARLO Q. LEAVITT, 20, mother Mrs. Laverne H. Leavitt, Bunkerville, Nev.
NORMAN LEVINE, father Benjamin Levine, FLushing, N.Y.
JOHN P. LIDDELL, mother Mrs. Clement E. Wechter, Lackawanna, Pa.
MILES E. LONG, 20, mother Mrs. Florence Long, Bethlehem, Pa.
Pvt. FRANK E. SMITH, 26, father Fred A. Smith, West Point, Ia.
JOHN H. STILTZ, JR., 20, mother Mrs. Ethel Stiltz, Wilkensburg, Pa.
GEORGE T. STINE, 22, wife Mrs. Doris Stine, Alquippa, Pa.
WM. M. STOLL, JR., 23, father Wm. A. Stoll, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
WM. F. SWADENER, mother Mrs. Margaret B. Swadener, Indianapolis, Ind.
ALFRED H. TEES, mother Mrs. Lorraine Tees, Philadelphia, Pa.
LEWIS M. THOMPSON, JR., brother Morton Thompson, Hollywood, Cal.
WM. THORNALL, 21, mother Mrs. Daisy H. Thornall, Metuchen, N.J.
FREDERICK C. VOGLEY, 25, wife Mrs. Mary Jane Vogley, Canton, O.
JOHN H. KUBIAK, 22, Olean, N.Y.
JOSEPH C. TAYLOR, 19, father Cecil M. Taylor, Atlanta, Ga.
Critically injured were:
FRANCIS J. KENNEDY, 20, Brooklyn, N.Y.
JOHN B. KING, Sacramento, Cal.
JAMES J. MALONE, 21, New York, N.Y.
JOE V. McLAIN, 20, St. Louis, Mo.
MELVIN J. TABBERT, 20, Detroit, Mich.
ROBERT L. TARNBLYN, 27, Nevada City, Cal.
ROBERT K. TINGLE, 27, Marshall, Ill.
WM. C. TUCKER, 19, Waxahachie, Tex.

Yuma Daily Sun Arizona 1944-01-07


Kingman, AZ train, Bus Collision, Jan. 7, 1944

The correction by Mr. Harig is accurate. John P Liddell was from Lackawanna, New York, just outside of Buffalo, New York. He is my uncle and my namesake.

Kingman, AZ train, Bus Collision, Jan. 7, 1944

John P. Liddell was from Lackawanna, New York, not PA.