Columbia City, IN Bus and Truck Collision, Jan 1947


Columbia City, Ind.
Jan. 29 (AP)
A Greyhound bus driver was killed and 12 passengers were hospitalized when a westbound bus rammed the rear of a stalled tractor-trailer today on U.S. 20 five miles east of this city.
Several other passengers were shaken and bruised but continued to their destinations on a relief bus.
The bus driver, DONALD HESNER, 32, Lafayette, Ohio, died in a Fort Wayne hospital a short time after the accident.
Four of the injured passengers were in serious condition in Fort Wayne hospitals.
They are:
JOHN N. CAMPBELL, 74, Webster, Pa., who suffered a possible skull fracture.
CHARLES R. BROWN, 50, Fort Wayne, scalp lacerations and fractures of both legs and the left elbow.
THOMAS S. MORRISEY, 31, Chicago, with a severe back injury.
and HAROLD R. HARTMAN, 30, Riverside, N.J., with a fractured right leg and face lacerations.
State Police Lieut. Edward Raholin said the tractor-trailer of Keeshin Motor Express, Inc., driven by Bernard C. Bock, 48, Chicago, had stalled on the highway.
The officer said flares had been placed in front and behind. The bus driver apparently saw the stalled vehicle and attempted to avoid it, Raholin said, but the highway was icy and the bus skidded and struck the rear of the tractor-trailer.
Bock and two mechanics who had assisted him in making repairs were standing by the tractor-trailer and were unhurt.
HESNER had been employed by the Greyhound for four years. His widow and five children survive.

Decatur Herald Illinois 1947-01-30