Kearny, NJ Patrol Car And Bus Crashed, June 1962


Kearny, N.J. (AP) -- Three state troopers were crushed to death when a bus rammed their patrol car and plowed over them on the New Jersey Turnpike Monday in an accident involving four vehicles.
The driver of the bus, RAYMOND E. PETERS, JR., 35, Easton, Pa., told police that his brakes failed. The big Royal Blue Coach Inc. vehicle struck a passenger car, careened into the police car and sent it smashing into a dump truck, then rode over the police cruiser and settled atop it.
The bus underwent a thorough check by investigators from the state police, the Public Utility Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission.
The dead were troopers JOSEPH DeFRINO, 25, Lyndhurst, who was driving the cruiser, MILAN SIMCAK, 36, Arausl and ARTHUR J. ABAGNALO, JR., 26, Cliffside Park.
Five persons were injured -- PETERS, the two passengers in the bus, a rider in the private car and the driver of the dump truck.

The Daily Mail Hagerstown Maryland 1962-06-12