Dutchtown, MO Truck and School Bus Wreck, June 1975


Four Cape Girardeau school students received minor injuries in a truck-bus collision on their last day of school and two of six persons injured in three other area traffic accidents Wednesday were in serious condition, the highway patrol announced today.
At 7:43 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 74 one mile east of Dutchtown, a westbound Cape Girardeau school bus driven by PAUL KENNETH RHAME, 26, of Cape Girardeau was struck broadside by a two-ton truck, also westbound, driven by RONALD JOSEPH GRIFFITH, 23, of Cape Girardeau.
Students receiving minor injuries included JEWELL LIVINGSTON, 13, and MIKE LIVINGSTON, 11, of Chaffee; CINDY TRACY, 12, of Cape Girardeau; and DEAN PEETZ, 9, of Cape Girardeau Route Two. The injured students were treated at doctors' offices.
The patrol reported the accident occurred when the school bus driver attempted a right turn into a narrow gravel road, swinging first to the left and then to the right. GRIFFITH was unable to stop and the truck struck the bus.

SHIRLEY MARIE EDGERTON, 40, of Licking, driver of a pickup truck traveling south of Route FF three miles south of Fisk, was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday. ELSIE LOUIS BUTTREY, 29, of Broseley, driver of the second vehicle involved, received minor injuries.
The collision occurred when the BUTTREY car turned onto the highway in the path of the EDGERTON truck.
Both victims were taken to Doctors Hospital in Poplar Bluff.

WILBERT E. CRONEY, 15, of Grassy, a bicyclist, received minor injuries at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 34, two and a half miles west of Clubb, when he rode from a driveway into the path of a westbound pickup driven by CAROL L. SWOPE, 16, of Coldwater who was unable to stop.
The CRONEY boy was not hospitalized.

WILLIAM REEVES, 59, of Baton Rouge, La., driver of a westbound car, was seriously injured at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday in a car-truck collision on Highway 60 two miles east of Wyatt. Two passengers in the REEVES car, CLAUDIA CRAWFORD, 62, of Flora, Miss., and JAMES ALFRED age unavailable, of Baton Rouge received minor injuries.
According to the patrol the REEVES car crossed the center line and sideswiped an eastbound truck driven by LARRY FEY, 19, of Highland, Ill.
REEVES and the CRAWFORD woman were taken to Missouri Delta Community Hospital in Sikeston. ALFRED refused medical treatment.

Daily Standard Sikeston Missouri 1975-06-05