Charlton, MA Bus And Truck Collision, Sep 1938

SEVEN KILLED AT CHARLTON AS BUS AND TRUCK COLLIDE.

TWO OF MANY INJURED IN PASSENGER VEHICLE MAY DIE -- MACHINES, ONE HAULING STEAMSHOVEL, MEET HEAD-ON.

Charlton, Sept. 13 (INS) -- Head-on collision between a bus bound from New York to Boston, and a big trailer truck brought death today to seven persons and sent 14 to the hospital, four injured critically.
The collision was so violent the motor of the truck was ripped out, both front wheels were torn off at the hubs and the front axle stripped from the chassis. The trailer was overturned. The right side of the bus was demolished.
The dead were:
ALBERT ROSCOE, 62, and MRS. BLANCHE ROSCOE, 68, his wife, of Medford.
MRS. MARY HOGAN, 65, Boston.
DAVID J. COHEN, Boston.
MRS. MARY SUMMERS, Boston.
Unidentified woman.
HENRY KOEHLER, 34, Elberta, Ala.
Critically injured, taken to Harrington Memorial hospital in Southbridge, were:
LOUIS FONTE, Atlantic City, N.J.
ALEX COHEN, Bronx, N.Y.
HENRY BROWN, Hanover, N.H., driver of the truck.
Survivors said a bus breakdown at Mamaroneck, N.Y., delayed them an hour and a half and the accident occurred at the time the bus was due in Boston.
Five other persons, taken by state police ambulance to Harrington Memorial hospital in Southbridge after first aid treatment at the scene were:
DUANE MOORE, 25, Crawfordsville, Ind.
ALICE FAULKNER, 49, Boston.
JOHN ROACH, 29, Boston.
JOHN WINTER, Negro, Asheville, N.C.
THERON DUSTIN, Melrose, driver of the bus who had to be extricated from the wreckage.
None of the latter was thought to be critically injured. All, however, were badly shaken up. DUSTIN, the bus driver, mumbled incoherently.
The crash occurred near the Oxford - Charlton line, on highway route 20.
A. J. SULLIVAN, operator of a grille 200 yards from the scene, heard the crash and telephoned state police, who rushed ten ambulances to the scene.
SULLIVAN also summoned every available doctor and nurse in the vicinity, to administer first aid, and turned his grille into a first aid station.
The bus, the front demolished and one side badly crushed, was swung across the road, making it impassable. The truck, also badly damaged, was on the right side of the road, according to police. The inside of the bus was a shambles.

Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1938-09-13

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BUS TRUCK CRASH KILLS 7 PERSONS.

RAIN CAUSES MASSACHUSETTS WRECK.

Charlton, Sept. 14. (INS) -- While a four-way investigation was under way today into the bus- trailer truck head-on crash which took seven lives, six others among 18 injured were in critical condition at hospitals.
Among those thought to be dying were THERON DUSTIN, 26, driver of the bus en route from New York to Boston, and HENRY BROWN, 52, driver of the trailer truck.
Others in critical condition were MRS. EUDOLIE CONNOR, 48, and her son, LOUIS, 28, of New Orleans, La.; MYLES HENRY, 32, Hanover, truck helper, and ALEXANDER COHEN, 33, Bronx, N.Y.
Neither driver could give authorities a complete explanation of what happened. DUSTIN said he was traveling about 30 miles an hour and applied the brakes, swerving to the left when the truck approached. BROWN said his truck was going about 15 miles an hour and he, too, swerved to the left as the brakes were applied. Both truck and bus were completely demolished.
Six persons were killed nearly outright in the crash. The seventh victim, HENRY H. KOEHLER, Elberta, Ala., died at a hospital. One of the victims, MRS. DOMINICA PISSELLI, 43, Newton, mother of eight children, returning from a funeral in Philadelphia, was unidentified for more than 12 hours.

Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1938-09-14