Windsor, ON School Bus And Truck Collision, Dec 1966
EIGHT KIDDIES KILLED ON BUS.
Windsor, Ont. (CP) -- Deaths of eight children and injury of 16 others in a school bus accident threw a pall of gloom today over nearby Sandwich Township and school classes and Christmas parties were cancelled.
The eight died Wednesday after a tractor-trailer dump truck sideswiped the bus and the trailer overturned, crushing the bus side and roof under 10 tons of sand.
Passing motorists and pedestrians, driven frantic by the screams of the buried children, dug with bare hands and tools into the sand, passing the occupants out through windows and the opened roof.
Six children remained in hospital today. Five were described as in satisfactory condition, one in fair condition. Ten others were released after treatment.
MARCEL LEFRANCOIS, 22, of Stoney Point, Ont., alleged driver of the truck, appeared in court today on a charge of dangerous driving and was remanded to Jan. 11 on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.
Earlier reports said 20 were injured but some apparently did not require hospital treatment for bruises and other minor injuries. Some rescued children, unhurt but shaken, may have made their way home, ignored in the confusion at the scene.
Police today were unsure how many were in the vehicle at the time, though the figure was believed to be 27. Some had left the bus at earlier stops.
The children were on their way home from the second last day of classes before Christmas when the accident occurred at 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 3 and Walker Road in Oldcastle, 2 1/2 miles southeast of the Windsor city limits.
Police said that as the tractor-trailer unit turned at an intersection, the connection between the two sections broke and the trailer tilted into the bus carrying the homeward bound children.
EDWARD DUBE, 9, whose sister died in the crash, said:
"The side of the truck came through the window and sand poured all over the inside. There was lots of screaming and crying."
Hospital spokesmen identified the dead as:
DAVID McKEE, 8.
GARY CURTIS, 8.
ANNA MARIE DUBE, 7.
RHONDA MAY MacDONALD, 7.
SUSAN IRENE BROWN, 8.
LAURIE LEITHEAD, 6.
THOMAS O'NEILL, 9.
BLAINE MILLS, 7.
The MILLS boy was from School Lane and the others from Oldcastle, 2 1/2 miles southeast of the Windsor city limits in Sandwich South Township.
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