Bath, NY Bus And Truck Collision, Dec 1943

ELEVEN DIE IN BUS - TRUCK CRASH.

BATH - CORNING ROAD IS SCENE OF ACCIDENT.

BUS OVERTURNS AND BURNS, INVESTIGATION ALREADY UNDERWAY.

Bath, N. Y., Dec. 14 -- (UP) -- Eleven war workers were killed and several injured today when a bus carrying approximately 20 workers to the Ingersoll - Rand plant at Painted Post, N.Y., collided midway between Bath and Corning with a truck-trailer, overturning the bus and trapping the victims in the burning vehicle.
ORVILLE PUTNAM of Avoca, driver of the bus, was killed instantly. Coroner JAMES J. SANFORD of Bath attempted to establish identity of the dead passengers, six of whom, he said, were burned to death, many beyond recognition, and the other five thrown out of the bus and killed instantly.
The Identified Dead:
ORVILLE PUTNAM, Avoca, N.Y.
FRED RICE, Savena, N.Y.
FRANCIS FISHER, Bath, N.Y.
LEON TOWNER, 50, Wallace, N.Y.
MALCOLM FERGUSON, Avoca.
JOHN MAUTH, 27, Avoca.
The Injured:
MERVIN DRAKE, of Bath.
FRED CASTERLINE, of Avoca (condition critical).
FRED HOLMES, Avoca.
HOWARD FAUGHT, Savona.
ALFRED WAITE, Wallace.
ALBERT BILLINGS, Avoca.
RAY HAMBLIN, Avoca.
Driver of the truck, which was owned by the Keeshin Motor Express Co., of Chicago, was DANIEL MARONEY, 31, of Binghamton, N.Y., who was taken to the Bath memorial hospital, where his condition was reported not serious.
MARONEY told Sheriff BENJAMIN H. BALCOM of Bath that the bus had been on the wrong side of the road and that he had tried to avoid hitting it by driving up an embankment but had been forced down to the road again. Authorities were searching for tracks on the embankment.
After the collision the bus was said to have teetered down the road, overturned and skidded about 200 feet. The vehicle finally was thrown onto a bank, where according to GILBERT QUICK of Campbell, who heard the crash and rushed to the scene, the gas-tank of the bus exploded, enveloping the bus in flames.
A temporary morgue was established by Coroner SANFORD at the Fagan funeral parlor at Bath.
Investigating besides Sheriff BALCOM and Coroner SANFORD, were other members of the sheriff's office and state troopers.

Dunkirk Evening Observer New York 1943-12-14