Mountain Lake, MD School Bus And Train Crash, Sep 1959
TRAIN HITS SCHOOL BUS, 7 KILLED.
BROTHER AND SISTER DIE IN ACCIDENT.
VEHICLE STALLS ON CROSSING AT MOUNTAIN LAKE.
Seven Garrett County children were killed this morning when a crack B & O passenger train hit a stalled school bus at the Loch Lynn - Mountain Lake crossing on State Route 135.
At noon six of the seven pupils en-route to Southern Garrett County High School and Bennett Avenue School in Oakland were identified.
The victims are:
RICHARD HINKLE, 11.
NANCY DEEM, 15.
LEE HOFFMAN, 11.
NANCY LEE HARVEY, 12.
MERLE HARVEY, 11 (Nancy Lee's brother).
SHIRLEY LEE, 12.
JANET DEEM, 12.
The Harvey children are the foster children of Mr. and Mrs. Shirley Wright, Loch Lynn.
Children seriously injured and in Garrett County Memorial Hospital are:
MARY ELLEN HAYRE, 14, Southern High student.
DEANNA SUTTON, 12, Southern.
DOLORES SHAFFER, 11, Bennett Road School.
MARY JANE LEE, 16, Southern.
MARJORIE BYERS, 14, Southern (possible broken back and she may be transferred to Monongolia General Hospital in Morgantown).
PATRICIA ANN HINKLE, 14, Southern.
SANDRA PATTON, 13, Southern.
Taken To Kingwood.
Taken to Preston Memorial Hospital, Kingwood, was FRANCES DIXON, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dixon, Boiling Springs.
Admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital at 12:30 p.m. today were two brothers of RICHARD HINKLE, one of the seven victims, OLEN and JAMES HINKLE, 12-year-old sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ray O. Hinkle, Sr., Deer Park. They are in critical condition.
Those who fled to safety were FRANCES DIXON'S brother and sister, Roy 12 and Gladys 10; David Friend, 11, Deer Park; Mary Jane Harvey, 15, Boiling Springs; James Patton, 9, Deer Park; Billy Paugh, Larry Harvey, 14, and Marjorie Paugh, of Boiling Springs.
The latter group was taken to the Oakland Hospital with the others for a checkup.
Local Man Engineer.
Otto Droege, of 214 Park Street, was engineer on the eastbound "Diplomat", and William J. Johnson of the Parkersburg area, was conductor.
B & O officials at Keyser questioned Droege when he left the engine there.
Droege said he was going about 50 miles an hour, the legal limit, when he saw the bus pull up to the crossing. He said he assumed it was going over the crossing.