Mapleton, UT Train And Bus Collision, Apr 1935
GENOLA RESIDENT KILLED IN TRAIN-BUS COLLISION.
SCHOOL BUS DEMOLISHED AT CROSSING.
DRIVER BRINGING NEW BUS HOME FROM DETROIT INSTANTLY KILLED.
Mapleton - ISAAC M. DRAPER, 55 of Genola, had driven a new school bus more than a thousand miles thru all kinds of traffic from Detroit, Michigan, and was within a few miles of his destination at 6:30 p.m. Monday, when the bus was smashed to bits and he was instantly killed in a collision with a Denver and Rio Grande Western railway passenger train on the Mapleton branch.
It was the third fatal traffic accident in the south part of Utah County in the past two weeks.
DRAPER had just visited at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Reed Hales of Mapleton, and started on the final short lap of his journey when the engine crushed out his life. His bus was dragged along the track for 29 rail lengths - 1150 feet, and he was dragged and thrown 450 feet.
Only the front wheels and a few tools could be salvaged from the bus wreckage.
Engineer J. J. Hoffman of the train told investigating officers that the bus was proceeding slowly and that he was certain DRAPER heard the train whistle. The train was practically on the crossroad when Hoffman saw the bus emerge from behind the station.
The train smashed into the side of the bus, which was pushed onto the pilot of the engine and carried along, strewing splintered remnants along the track. Cattle guards at the side of the track were torn up and carried with the wreckage.
Leroy Tuckett, deputy county attorney, and W. T. Lewis and George Loveless, deputy sheriffs, investigated the accident. DRAPER'S vision was evidently obscured by the railway station, the officers believe.
The bus was to have carried students from Genola to the Payson high school. MR. DRAPER handled the school route in addition to farming.
Surviving, in addition to Mrs. Draper, are six sons and three daughters: Iola, Lee Ray, Carol, Burke, Leona, Glade, Luwana and Wendell Draper, all of Genola, and Mrs. Zora Hales, Mapleton.
The family came to Genola in 1924.
The Daily Herald Provo Utah 1935-04-23