Brookfield, GA School Bus Crash Into Pond, Mar 1959
9 PUPILS DIE IN BUS MISHAP.
Tifton, Ga. (AP) - A school bus hit a rut in a road and overturned in a farm pond today, drowning at least nine children. Rescuers said possibly two or three other bodies may be found in the half submerged bus.
The bus, carrying approximately 60 Negro children, plunged into the pond about 8 a.m. on the farm of Raleigh Coarsey, a mile southwest of Brookfield. The scene is about eight miles from Tifton in south Georgia, along Lower Brookfield Road.
Two white men, Carl Lowry and Charles Ahrens, helped pull several children from the bus after breaking windows on the side remaining above water. Those who were unconscious were laid on the side of the bus. When other help arrived, artificial respiration saved 10 or 12 of these children.
Witnesses said the bus was traveling about 30 miles an hour when it careened into the pond.
Several white persons gave artificial respiration to the victims and three doctors were on the scene within a short time. Even the nine who appeared dead when removed were given treatment for 20 or 30 minutes before rescuers ceased efforts to revive them.
The names of the fatalities were:
BOBBY KING, 8 years old.
LEROY TABOR, JR., 7 years old.
BILLY TABOR, 9 years old, his brother.
HENRY EDWARD JOHNSON, 8 years old.
GLORIA JEAN DAVIS, 7 years old.
ARTIE LEE SIMMONS, 14 years old.
BERNICE HENDERSON, 14 years old.
ERLENE WILCOX, 14 years old.
RUFUS HARREL GREENE, 8 years old.
The bus was taking the children to Wilson High School in Tifton.
R. L. Mack, principal of the school, said he feared at least two or three children were still in the bus.
In addition to students of Wilson High, the bus also carried pupils of the Negro Industrial Elementary School in Tifton. Most of the dead were small children.
Journal Gazette Mattoon Illinois 1959-03-03