Columbia City, IN Bus and Truck Collision, Jan 1947

ONE DEAD, TEN INJURED AS BUS STRIKES TRUCK.

PITTSBURGH TO CHICAGO BOUND BUS CARRYING NINETEEN PASSENGERS SKIDS ON ICY PAVEMENT OF U.S. HIGHWAY NO. 30 AT DAWN.

Columbia City, Ind., Jan. 29 - (UP) - The driver of a Greyhound bus was killed and 19 passengers hospitalized today when it skidded on an icy highway and crashed into a stalled truck.
DONALD B. HESNER, 32, Lafayette, O., the bus driver, died a short time after the accident. Four passengers were in a serious condition at Fort Wayne, Ind., hospitals. Nine of the 19 passengers received only scratches. They were not hospitalized and continued to Chicago in another bus.
The bus, bound for Chicago from Pittsburgh, approached the stalled truck on U.S. 30 five miles east of Columbia City shortly before dawn. Passengers said HESNER attempted to avert the accident but the vehicle skidded on the ice-glazed road.
HESNER suffered compound fractures of both legs, severe shock, and other injuries.

Flares Burning.
Bernard C. Book, 49, Chicago, the truck driver, was standing beside the semi-trailer truck with two mechanics who had just completed repairs to the motor. None of the group was injured.
State police said flares placed on the highway by Book were still burning. The truck was operated by the Keeshin Trucking Company.
Listed as seriously injured at St. Joseph's Hospital in Fort Wayne were:
THOMAS S. MORRISLEY, 31, (1040 North Lockwood) Chicago, back injuries and cuts.
and JOHN M. CAMPBELL, 74, Webster, Pa., face lacerations, possible skull fracture and leg bruises.
At Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, the seriously injured were:
HAROLD HARTMAN, 30, Conrow Road, Riverside, N.J., fractured right leg and serious lacerations.
and CHARLES BROWN, 50, (613 Douglas Avenue) Fort Wayne, lacerations, fractured elbow and left leg, possibly fractured right leg.

Other Injured.
Other passengers injured included:
LORRETTA FISHER, 22, (Box 20, R.R. 2) Flayerstown, Pa., facial bruises, lacerations on legs.
NICHOLAS H. TURRELL, 56, (149 East 111th Street) Cleveland, cuts on arms and hands, face lacerations.
KAY V. SHREWSBURY, 22, Herndon, W. Va., a sailor attached to a ship now at San Francisco, bruises on left leg.
MRS. CHARLES GRAYBER, 28, Fredericksburg, O., bruises, head cuts, and shock.
ANDREW VECUIC, 25, (2517 Adams) Gary, possible neck injury, bruises and lacerated face and knee.
WILBUR RESSLER, 33, (R.R. 7, Box 131) Johnstown, Pa., hip bruises, leg lacerations, possible broken nose.

Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1947-01-29