Toronto, ON Streetcar And Bus Collision, Nov 1948
6 KILLED AS BUS, STREETCAR CRASH.
65 OTHERS INJURED IN TORONTO OUTSKIRTS COLLISION EARLY TODAY.
Toronto, Ont. - (AP) - Six persons, including two women, were killed and some 65 others were injured early today when a streetcar and a chartered bus collided on Toronto's western outskirts. Fifteen of the injured were reported in critical condition.
Police and hospital authorities identified the dead as:
MRS. THOMAS HAY.
FRANK AUGUSTUS NOBLE.
MR. and MRS. DAVID ARMITT.
GORDON BEDDIE, all of Hamilton, Ont.
The Canadian Coach Lines bus carried members of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment and their wives.
They had attended a reunion party at a night spot near the west end Sunnyside amusement center. Most of the critically injured were passengers on the bus.
The streetcar was filled with workers coming off the night shift at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant in suburban New Toronto.
The nose of the bus was tightly imbedded in the front of the streetcar. Rescuers used acetylene torches to cut through to the screaming, moaning victims trapped in the bus.
One eye witness said the bus apparently swerved in an attempt to miss a pedestrian. One of the unidentified bodies lying on the roadway following the crash was believed that of the pedestrian.
A motorist driving directly behind the bus when the accident occurred said he saw the bus swerve and then smash directly into the streetcar. Both the roadway and the tracks were wet and greasy from the light rain which had been falling for several hours.
The impact sent the big bus on its side with a crash that could be heard several blocks away. The cries of the badly injured persons mingled with the screams of trapped men and women who had escaped severe harm.
Ludington Daily News Michigan 1948-11-06