Stephenville, TX Bus And Truck Collision, Jun 1938

STEPHENVILLE BUS-TRUCK CRASH KILLS FOUR; HURTS 21.

FLAMES ENVELOP AUTOS FIGURING IN WRECK.

Stephenville, June 3 - (AP) - Four persons were killed and 21 injured today in the head-on collision of a truck and a bus bearing a San Antonio orchestra and entertainment group.
Sheriff's officers reported fire consumed both machines shortly after they crashed at a bridge opening 10 miles east of here on the highway between Stephenville and Granbury.

Three Bodies Burn.
A gas tank explosion followed the collision and most of the orchestral group managed to scramble from the machine in time to save their lives.
They hauled all but three bodies from the wreckage, but one of their party died at a hospital here.
The dead:
HERMAN LEMONS, 21 year old truck driver from Junction who was decapitated.
FRANCES VALDEZ and FLORA GARCIA, entertainers from San Antonio. MISS GARCIA, died shortly after she was taken to a hospital.
W. W. (WINDY) MATTHEWS, driver of the bus.
Bodies of MATTHEWS and MISS VALDEZ were charred beyond recognition.
Besides, MISS GARCIA, 21 persons were treated at the hospital. Five were but slightly hurt; 14 required considerable attention; and two were seriously injured.
They were EDDY MARTINEZ, director of the orchestra, and CHARLES (CHUCK) WARNER.
The bus was en route to Oklahoma City where MARTINEZ' company intended to fulfill a three-day engagement at a country club.
The truck driver was believed riding alone.

Abilene Reporter News Texas 1938-06-03