Wooster, OH Basketball Team Killed in Train-Bus Wreck, Jan 1930

7 YOUTHS KILLED IN BUS HIT BY TRAIN

WRECK WIPES OUT BASKETBALL TEAM JOYFUL IN VICTORY

Speeding Flyer Crushed Bus At Crossing During Blinding Sleet Storm

8 OTHERS ARE IN HOSPITAL

Crumpled Bus Carried 100 Feet Strewing Bodies Four Times That Distance.

Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 4 - (AP) - Helpless victims of a speeding train which cut through the night and a blinding sleet storm to crush their bus while they laughed and talked of their basketball games, seven youths were dead and eight other high school boys and girls were in hospitals today.

The dead boys, all of them between 14 and 18 years of age, were members of the high school basketball team of Burbank, near here. They were on their way home, happy over defeating their old rivals at Big Prairie, another nearby village, when a Pennsylvania railroad flyer struck their bus at a crossing near Shreve, 10 miles south of here, last night.

The dead are:
WILBUR and FOREST GRUBB, brothers.
CLAUDE REPP.
WAYNE LEHMAN.
EMIL TIMIC.
EUGENE TALLEY.
WILLARD BAKER.

The most seriously injured were EDITH REPP, who suffered fractures of both legs and may die, and LOLA TALLEY, sister of the dead boy, who received a broken leg. Most of the other injured suffered nothing more serious than cuts and bruises.
The crumpled bus was carried down the track 100 feet and bodies were strewn four times that distance. JOSEPH BAKER, the bus driver, was overcome and unable to give any coherent explanation of what happened. He could not remember whether he stopped before climbing the incline to the crossing. The crossing at the hour of the accident - after 10 o'clock - is protected only by a bell and flash signal.

The Bismarck Tribune North Dakota 1930-01-04