Monroe, MI Truck And Bus Collision, Sep 1956


Monroe, Mich., Sept. 13 (UP) - A truck carrying four Cadillac cars collided head-on with a Senicruiser bus on "bloody telegraph road" today and burst into flames. Three persons were killed and 22 others were injured.
Screaming passengers jumped from windows as the flames spread to the bus following the collision on a three-lane highway leading into Detroit that got its name because of heavy traffic and casualties.
The dead included an unidentified elderly woman; the truck driver, FRANCIS G. PESKO, Detroit; and a bus passenger, MRS. FRANKIE MAE SAMPLE, 38, Detroit.
The bus driver, CHARLES R. KIER, 47, New Kensington, Pa., was burned critically. Authorities said the death toll would have been higher if the bus had not remained upright after the collision.
An Assumption College student, Frank Shunock, 18, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., said male passengers who had jumped free stood on each others shoulders to help women from the windows of the burning bus.
"They took me out through a window," said Mrs. Elmer Dalton, 71, Detroit. "The flames were terrible."
Deputy Sheriff Richard Rauth said that apparently one of the vehicles swerved across the highway into the path of the other.
Ambulances brought the injured to hospitals here. Many suffered burns as well as crash injuries.

Panama City News-Herald Florida 1956-09-14