Dorrance, KS Car And School Bus Collision, Apr 1961


Dorrance, Kan. (AP) - A car and a school bus collided Friday, killing two women in the car.
Six persons were hospitalized, including the school bus driver and four school children. Four other children were treated and released. None were hurt dangerously.
Killed were IDA McWHIRT, 59, and MRS. ANNA PATRICK, 65, sisters of the car's driver, JOSIAH McWHIRT. All three are from Bunker Hill, Kan.
Officers said the car and bus collided at an intersection two miles south of Dorrance. Both vehicles landed upside down.
Admitted to the Russell, Kan., hospital were McWHIRT; DUANE NICHOLS, 24, of Dorrance, the bus driver; ANNE TIPPE, 16; BETTY TIPPE, 14; TOMMY KAPS, 5; and LORRIE KAPS, 6.
McWHIRT suffered rib fractures, cuts and bruises; NICHOLS, a possible back injury; BETTY TIPPE, broken right leg, and the others were cut and bruised.
Released were TOM MAHONEY, 5; ELTON TIPPE, 13; JERRY KAPS, 12, and BRUCE BOHNEN, 11.
The children all attend the Dorrance school.
NICHOLS is the school's music teacher and doubles as bus driver. He said there was no panic among the children after the crash.
Three youngsters got out first and ran toward a farmhouse to give the alarm. A farmer picked them up, went on to the house and called for ambulances.
The bus was going north on a township road and the car was headed east on a country road.
The Kansas Highway Patrol quoted McWHIRT as saying he thought the bus would stop at the intersection, and NICHOLS as saying he didn't see the car.

Garden City Telegram Kansas 1961-04-29