Bryon, GA Bus Collides With Train, Mar 1936




Bryon, Ga., March 30 - Ten persons, including four members of one family were dead today from the crash of a bus and a section of the Central of Georgia's limited passenger train, the Southland, which left the rails after the impact.
Eight mangled bodies were removed from the wreckage following the accident late Saturday night and two others, including the bus driver, died Sunday without regaining consciousness. Three were in hospitals with serious injuries.
Although the entire train - locomotive, three express cars and two coaches - was derailed, railroad officials said none of its crew or passengers was injured.
The dead:
MRS. SARA SUMTER, 45, of Americus, Ga.
W. J. WHITEHURST, 45, of Macon, Ga.
O. H. LOONEY, 35, bus driver, of Macon.
ELY WILLIAMS, 80, negro, of Macon.
LLOYD LAW, 55, negro, of Montezuma, Ga.
her daughter, HENRIETTA MARTIN, 30.
the latter's two children, LUCY MAE, three; and a boy, 18 months old.
An Unidentified negro man about 45.
Rail authorities said the body of the unidentified negro was found in the wreckage beneath the train and it was not determined whether he was a bus passenger or a transient "riding the blinds" on the train.
The injured were MISS JOSEPHINE EARLY, 23, of Macon; CLARENCE BEARD, of Bryon and J. B. HORNE, 45 year old Central of Georgia locomotive engineer of Macon, who was a passenger on the bus.
Miss Dora Poole and Miss Ruby Gunter, who had just left the bus, saw the tragedy. They said the bus had just pulled out of its station and rolled on the tracks when the train struck it amidships.
Engineer C. H. Hall said the bus was across the tracks and that his engine struck it broadside before he could halt it. Officials of the bus line (Southern Stages) had no immediate statement.
Hall and Conductor J. H. Howell said their southbound train en route from Macon to Albany, Ga., was moving at 30 or 35 miles an hour and that it stopped within three cars length after the crash.
The bus was demolished and the broken bodies of the passengers scattered for several hundred yards along the right of way. Rails were twisted and cross ties splintered beneath the derailed wheels.
The main line was still blocked yesterday, but trains were passing on side tracks as repair crews cleared the debris.
This town of 250 in the heart of the Georgia peach belt, did everything possible to meet the emergency and the only doctor here, Dr. James B. Kay, took charge. Five ambulances from Macon removed the injured there.
The bus was en route from Albany to Macon. It traveled a highway which parallels the railroad much of the way.

Statesville Record And Landmark North Carolina 1936-03-31