Monroe, MI Multi-Vehicle Collision, Jan 1970


Monroe, Mich. -- Two Ohio men, one an Elyria bus driver, were killed and 22 persons injured last night in a spectacular chain-reaction crash of a Greyhound bus, three trucks and a car on the Detroit-Toledo Expressway.
FRANKLIN BROEGE, 58, of 124 Whitman Blvd., a Greyhound bus driver, was pronounced dead of multiple fractures at 11:40 last night at St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo.
Also killed in the crash was the driver of one of the trucks DARRYL BARNES, 25, Port Clinton. Twenty-two others were injured, none critically. Five of them were admitted to hospitals.
BROEGE was returning from the round trip Cleveland-Detroit run when the accident occurred on Interstate 75.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's department, the BARNES truck struck the rear of a car, which was in turn hit in the rear by the bus BROEGE was driving. The bus was smashed from behind by a second truck, and that truck was hit in the rear end by a third truck.
Deputies said they did not know the road condition.
The sheriff's office said the crash blocked the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 for four hours.
Greyhound bus officials in Cleveland report BROEGE who had driven Greyhound buses for 34 years, had recently received a safe driving award from the company.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Harold Dicken Funeral Home in Elyria.

Chronicle Telegram Elyria Ohio 1970-01-23