Columbus, IN Auto Crash Kills Thomas A. Bryant, Feb 1961

Seymour Daily Tribune newspaper, Seymour, IN
Monday 20 February 1961; Front Page, Column 1


Thomas Bryant Dies Instantly In Collision

Electric Power Cut In Area When Vehicles Skid Into Utility Pole Sunday Night

A Seymour man, Thomas A. Bryant, 49, 109 South Street, was killed instantly in a near head-on collision at the junction of IN 7 and U.S. 31 southeast of Columbus about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Hundreds of motorists were stranded for some time on busy U.S. 31 and an area of the countryside was without electric power for about two hours as a result of the crash.

Bryant, who had been a meat cutter in Seymour for a number of years and for the past five years had been employed by the Stadler Packing Company, Columbus, was driving north on U.S. 31 in a 1956 model station wagon, investigating authorities said he started to make a left turn onto IN 7 and turned into the path of a 1959 model tractor and semi-trailer truck driven south by Harold L. Cain, 27, of Crawfordsdville. The truck was owned by E. L. Tidd Company, Lebanon, IN, R2.

As the local man's station wagon got into the southbound lane, it was struck in the front by the large truck and the station wagon was driven backward 120 feet by the impact. The brakes went out on the truck trailer at the impact, authorities were told, and the vehicles went off the road into a utility pole.

The pole, bearing a power line, snapped and cut power for a mile circular area for about two hours. The wreckage and the - Turn to page 9, column 4 - Thomas Bryant - Continued rom page 1 - crippled automatic traffic signal at the intersection blocked traffic for about two hours.

Bryant sustained a crushed chest and lacerations of the head and body. It was about an hour after the wreck before his body could be extricated from the wreckage of his station wagon, which was demolished by the crash.

The truck driver was not injured and the truck was reported to be damaged only about $250. State police estimated the speed of the station wagon was 30 miles an hour and the speed of the truck about 12 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

Second In Februrary

Bryant's death was the second so far in February in the eight county area of the Seymour State Police Post, compared with four during the entire month of February last year. It was the third fatality for the year in the police post area as compared with eight on the same date last year.

The crash was investigated by Cpl. Robert E. Konkle and Trooper John Roseberry, both of the Seymour Post, the sheriff of Bartholomew County, and the coroner of Bartholomew County.

Rites Wednesday Morning

Funeral services for Mr. Bryant will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Voss Chapel here with Dr. Kenneth L. Swank, pastor of the First Baptist Church, in charge. Burial in Riverview Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Voss Mortuary after noon Tuesday.

He was born May 23, 1911, in Jackson County and was a life-long resident of this county. He was the son of the late Acel and Ida Smith Bryant. He married February 14, 1942, in Seymour to Bernice Elizabeth Goens, who survives. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Seymour Aerie No. 655, Fraternal Order of Eagles. A host of friends throughout Seymour and vicinity mourn his death.

Besides the widow, he is survived by four children: Thomas W. Bryant, of Fort Wayne; Donald Bryant, also of Fort Wayne; Sue and Mary Bryant, both at home; three step-children: Arthur Hill; of Houston, Texas; Donald Hill, of Seymour, and Mrs. John Beal, also of Seymour; two brothers: Allen Bryant, of Indianapolis, and William O. Bryant, of Columbus, and four sisters: Mrs. Earl Forrest, Seymour R2; Mrs. Lloyd Combs, of Seymour, Mrs. Diana Rech, of Columbus, and Mrs. Frank Ormsby, of Alaska. Seven step-grandchildren also survive.

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