Clarksville, TN School Bus And Truck Collision, Dec 1962



Clarksville (AP) - Somebody pulled onto the highway Friday in front of a car and trailer-truck, state troopers said, and triggered a collision which killed two persons on a homeward-bound school bus.
The children were returning home from a Christmas party at the Roosevelt Elementary School, and all but a dozen of them had reached home before the fatal accident.
Highway Patrol Lt. John Hancock said a car driven by Sgt. RICHARD D. HOSE of Ft. Lewis, Wash., and a trailer-truck driven by GEORGE RAY, JR., of Cornersville, Tenn., were driving north when "someone" pulled onto the highway in front of them and "practically stopped."
The school bus, driven by J. C. BELL of Clarksville, approached from the other direction.
HOSE, on his way to Ft. Campbell, Ky., said he was barely able to stop before hitting the other car. RAY told police he stepped on his brakes, apparently hit a wet spot on the highway and lost control of his truck.
The bus and truck collided. BELL, the bus driver, and 12-year-old SHIRLEY GIBBS, one of his passengers, were killed. Nine other children were admitted to the hospital, none seriously injured. One child escaped injury. RAY, the truck driver, also was injured.
HOSE said the car which pulled in front of him never stopped after the accident.
Kingsport News Tennessee 1962-12-22