Bellevue, OH Interurban And Bus Collision, Jan 1929

DEATH TOLL RISES TO 19 AT BELLEVUE.

TOTAL OF VICTIMS IN CRASH AT OHIO CITY WHERE INTERURBAN CAR COLLIDES WITH BUS INCREASES AS ANOTHER PERSON DIES TODAY. INVESTIGATION STARTS.

DRIVER OF BUS HELD BLAMELESS.

Bellevue, Ohio, Jan. 23. -- (AP) -- The death toll of yesterday's crash between a bus and a Lake Shore electric interurban car mounted to 19 today with the death of RICHARD FREEMAN, 30, of Cleveland.
George Gould of Chicago, attorney for the Greyhound company, who came here to make an investigation for the company, sent a statement to his headquarters at Chicago, holding BUTLER, the bus driver, blameless.
Representatives making the investigation for the public utilities commission indicated it would be at least a week before they made a report. They revisited the scene of the crash today and then prepared to take testimony. It was expected the coroner's report also would not be made until next week.

Bellevue, Ohio, Jan. 23 -- (AP) -- Shaken by his experience in the bus crash here yesterday which killed 17 passengers outright, TEDDY O'BRAWSKI of Brooklyn confessed during the night to two bank robberies before his name was added to the death list this morning.
Seriously injured in a hospital O'BRAWSKI fought for his life until he realized it was hopeless, and then admitted that he committed a bank robbery in Detroit last summer, and another in California some time previously.
He did not say which banks he robbed nor how much money was obtained. Police here said Detroit police already has asked them to obtain his finger prints, but that he made his confession and died before the prints could be made.

Bellevue, Ohio, Jan. 23 -- (AP) -- Four investigations are in progress to determine responsibility for the crash yesterday when a Lake Shore electric train struck a Greyhound lines bus, killing 18 of the 32 passengers and injuring the others.
Of the injured, four lay in hospitals so critically hurt that they may die.
The investigations began with action by Dr. C. L. Bell, Huron county coroner, assisted by Edward Martin, county prosecutor.
County officials pointed out that seemingly the bus driver and the motorman of the interurban had observed the usual safety precautions. A blinding snow storm was streaking across the northern part of the state at the time of the wreck.
EDWARD BUTLER, Cleveland, driver of the bus, who is in a hospital with severe cuts, said he stopped the bus at the crossing, looked in both directions for approaching trains, and then proceeded when the way appeared clear. He wiped the snow from his windshield before walking to the crossing, he said.
The interurban motorman, FRED SCHUYLER, said he blew two whistles, threw on his emergency brakes and reversed the current when he saw the bus on the crossing. SCHUYLER escaped injury by running into the passenger compartment of the car just before the crash.
None of his passengers was hurt, beyond minor bruises and shock.
Other investigations were in progress by the Greyhound lines, from the Toledo office of the company, and by the Lake Shore Electric Railway, under Harry Rimmelspack, claim agent.
The 50 ton car, traveling at a speed variously estimated from 30 to 50 miles an hour, struck the bus in the middle, knifing the top from the body and flinging it 50 feet down the roadway. The electric car hurtled the chassis and rammed into a ditch, lighting atop the splintered wreckage with two passengers pinned beneath the trucks and the others trapped in their seats.
Four ambulances from Bellevue and passing motorists aided in extricating the bodies and conveying the injured to hospitals.
The dead:
LOUIS FLYNN, Pittsburgh, Pa.
ELMER ALMOND, Youngstown, Ohio.
BELA THEISZ, Detroit, Mich.
MRS. OLLIE GREEN, 27, Detroit.
D. COUGHAUOUR, Cleveland.
R. RAWNEY, Chicago.
PETER KINGSLEY, Wakeman, Ohio.
WILLIAM J. COOK, Cleveland.
MRS. W. J. COOK, Cleveland.
HARRY GLICKMAN, Detroit.
J. S. DAVENPORT, Cleveland.
MRS. H. H. HARMON, Akron, Ohio.
TEDDY O'BRAWSKI, 351 Nassau street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Unidentified dead:
Man about 35, initial "M" on belt.
Man about 40, 160 pounds.
Man about 30, tall and slender.
Man about 25, fair complexion, dark suit.
Negro woman about 30.

North Adams Transcript Massachusetts 1929-01-23