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Glasgow, MO Truck And Bus Accident, Dec 1946

FIVE KILLED IN BUS-TRUCK CRASH NEAR GLASGOW.

M. R. ELLIOTT OF JEFFERSON CITY, DRIVER OF TRANSPORT.

Glasgow, Mo., Dec. 27 - (AP) - Five persons were killed and five others injured today when the rear-end of a jack-knifing truck trailer, crashed into the side of a bus at a small bridge five miles north of here.
The impact tore a hole six feet long and four feet high in the side of the southbound Santa Fe Trailways bus carrying 17 passengers.
Four of the dead, brought to an undertaking establishment here, were identified as:
MRS. MARJORIE WHITE, Hale, Mo.
JERRY LEE WHITE, her four-months-old son.
KENNETH ASHLEY, 13, Clifton Hill, Mo.
CLARENCE FAINTER, Springfield, Ill.
MRS. JAMES DOOLEY, of Keytesville, Mo.

Child Seriously Injured.
Most seriously injured among those hurt was PATRICIA WHITE, four-year-old daughter of MRS. WHITE. She was taken to Moberly, Mo., hospital, where it was believed she may have suffered internal injuries.
The others, whose injuries were described as not serious, were MAX CANON, Kansas City, the driver of the bus; MRS. JOE STEINBECK, Moberly, Mo., and MR. and MRS. J. W. MARTIN, Huntsville, Mo.
CANON told newsmen he had just crossed the bridge when the rear end of the truck trailer, coming from the opposite direction, began to jack-knifing. The trailer struck the bus on the left side just behind the driver's seat.

Praise Bus Driver's Actions.
The driver of the truck, MORRIS R. ELLIOTT, Jefferson City, Mo., declined to discuss the accident with newsmen.
CANON said both vehicles were moving slowly. He added that it appeared to him that the truck driver braked his tractor because he feared that the bridge was not wide enough to allow both vehicles to pass. The action, he said, apparently caused the trailer to swing into the side of the bus.
Bus passengers said quick action on CANON'S part prevented it from going into a deep ditch.
The route over which the bus was traveling was a detour from U.S. Highway 25. The bridge is a small one over Doxie Creek.

The truck driven by ELLIOTT was reported as being owned by the Leach and Roberts Trucking Service, 509 West Main Street, here. Oliver Leach of the trucking firm went to Glasgow upon receiving word of the accident, it was stated at the firm's office.

Daily Capital News Jefferson City Missouri 1946-12-28



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