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Lumberton, NC (near) Gas Tanker And Bus Collide, Oct 1942

GAS TANKER EXPLODES AFTER COLLISION WITH BUS KILLING AT LEAST 11 AT LUMBERTON.

TRUCK SIDE-SWIPES WAGON BEFORE COLLIDING WITH BUS WHICH RESULTED IN AN INFERNO WITH 18 OTHERS INJURED IN N. C. ACCIDENT; DARLINGTON MAN HURT.

Lumberton, N.C., Oct. 3 -- (AP) -- A gasoline tanker exploded today after it was in a collision with a Queen City Trailways bus and at least 11 persons lost their lives in the inferno.
Eighteen were injured, they managed somehow to clear themselves from the burning wreckage. Both the tanker and the bus were reduced to a mass of charred steel. Searchers counted eleven vetebrae on the smoking pyre.
The pre-dawn tragedy was 15 miles north of here on U.S. Route 301. Survivors said the tanker, going north, side-swiped a wagon, swerved part way across the road, and ploughed into the capacity-loaded southbound bus.
Smoke billowed hundreds of feet into the air, and hundreds of people from miles around, came to the scene.
The tanker was driven by STINSON BRANCH of Lumberton, who was dangerously burned. He is a patient in a hospital here. (Passed away next day.) J. R. McNEILL, negro, of St. Pauls, the driver of the wagon, was hurled from the wagon into a field and was slightly hurt.
LAWRENCE R. BARBEE of Greensboro, driver of the bus, and a negro porter from Lumberton, were the only identified dead. It was hours after the wreck before salvage operations could begin. The bodies were removed to St. Pauls, a village near the scene.
A mother and child were believed to be among the victims, but no identification was immediately possible.
List Of Casualties:
LAWRENCE R. BARBEE, Burlington, N.C., driver of bus.
MRS. HARRY L. DARDEN, Greensboro, N.C., passenger.
MATHEW PARSONS, colored porter, Lumberton.
ERWIN B. AYERS, 32, Nichols, S.C., passenger.
H. A. PAXTON, Whiteville, U.S. Navy stationed at Raleigh, N.C.
JOHN HENRY LAND, JR., 23, Chadbourn, N.C., passenger.
(STINSON BRANCH, who was the driver of the gasoline loaded tanker headed north from Lumberton to Fort Bragg died at Baker Sanatorium. He was conscious yesterday and Saturday but suffered a relapse shortly before his death last night.)
The 18 injured were taken to a Lumberton hospital.
DR. A. L. CORNWELL of Baker's Sanitorium there said that BRANCH driver of the tanker, told him he drove up behind the wagon and because it was not lighted he did not see it in time to stop. Swerving to the left to avoid hitting the wagon, loaded with cotton, he crashed into the bus.
The others injured included:
MRS. MURPHY of Winston-Salem, fractured collar bone.
C. C. PRICE of Lumberton, serious burns.
MR. and MRS. RICHARD NEAL of Ashtabula, Ohio, condition not serious.
H. S. WORTHINGTON, JR., of Lacross, Va., injuries not serious.
HENRY MATTHEWS of Kenly, injuries not serious.
LELAND CALVIN of Darlington, S. C., injuries not serious.
MRS. J. H. DUNLAP of Wilmington.
Corp. CHARLES H. JONES of Washington, D.C.
LINWOOD MORAN of Chadbourn.
JAMES McRAE of Whiteville.
Sgt. ALFRED V. KARLSON, Ft. Bragg.
CHARLES NEWTON, Southport.
WILLIAM ALLON, Atlantic Beach, Fla.
MISS DOROTHY JONES, of High Point.
HENRY EDMUND JONES of Burlington.
E. B. WYCHE of Hallsboro.
PAUL HURST of Southport.
C. C. PRICE of Lumberton.

Florence Morning News South Carolina 1942-10-04

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