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St. Louis, MO Train And Bus Collision, Jan 1944

TRAIN STRIKES BUS, KILLING 8.

St. Louis (AP) -- Eight persons burned to death and ten others were injured, seven critically, ini the wreckage of a city bus, struck by a Wabash passenger train near the suburban Delmar boulevard station yesterday.
The bus broke in two and flames from the gasoline tank showered the wreckage which was strewn along the right-of-way before the train could be stopped.
Five of the victims were trapped in the burning wreckage, others with their clothing aflame were thrown clear.
None of the train passengers were injured.
E. E. GALLAGHER, 59, who said he thought he was the first to reach the wreckage said:
"I saw the bus burning from one end to the other and managed to drag five persons through the exit door. Some of them were women."
"People inside were screaming 'Save Me. Save Me.'" he said. "Their clothing was afire. My wife brought sweaters and coats to wrap around them and smother the flames. Their cries were awful."
"I saw another woman inside. She was twisting her head trying to say something. I couldn't reach her. It was too hot. I was too late. Soon she stopped moving her head and I knew she was dead."
The collision occurred 45 minutes after the watchman assigned to the crossing had gone off duty.
All the bus passengers were from the St. Louis area.

Charleston Daily Mail West Virginia 1944-01-24

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