Gaylord, MI Two Bus Collision, Jan 1950



Gaylord, Mich. -- (AP) -- A bus collision in a driving snowstorm Saturday killed five persons and injured a score of others.
A chartered bus returning 20 members of the Michigan Tech hockey squad from East Lansing to Houghton, Mich., crashed head-on with a southbound Greyhound bus. The dead included the student manager of the hockey team and one player.

Blinded By Snow.
The accident happened 7 miles north of here. All available ambulances and state police cruiser cars were rushed from here and neighboring cities to the scene.
Drivers of both buses apparently were blinded by wind-driven snow at an "S" curve. The impact ripped the metal plating off the left side of both buses.
The Michigan Tech hockey squad was returning from East Lansing where it had swept a two-game series from Michigan State college. The squad was riding in a bus chartered from the Copper Range Bus Co.
RICHARD LOUTIT, 20, of Battle Creek, student manager of the team was killed when he was pinned between two seats.

Player Killed.
ROBERT GITZEN, 18, of Houghton, a member of the hockey team, was decapitated by jagged metal.
The others killed were passengers on the Greyhound bus bound for Gaylord from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on a scheduled run.
They were GEORGE ANDERSON, 61, of Fox, Mich.; WAINO R. PETERSON, 42, of Mohawk, Mich., and CYNTHIA LOU KAMPE, 21-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kampe of Royal Oak, Mich.
The baby was riding on the bus with her mother, MRS. CAROLINE KAMPE, 24, who suffered serious injuries. The mother was taken to a hospital at Grayling.
Among the injured was AMO BESSONE, coach of the Michigan Tech team.

Wisconsin State Journal Madison 1950-01-15