Enid, OK Bus And Train Collision, Mar 1942


Enid, Okla. -- AP -- A Rock Island freight train ripped through a bus today killing six enlisted men in the army air corps.
Twenty-five others were injured in the crash which occurred in a blinding snow storm, half a mile west of Enid.
The list of dead supplied by CAPT. CALVIN W. HAMMOND, press relations officer of the Enid flying school:
PVT. HERBERT J. TAYLOR, 22, Lake Kerr, Fla.
PVT. EUGENE L. UNDERWOOD, 23, Rogersville, Pa.
SGT. EUGENE J. SANDERS, 26, Yoakum, Tex.
PVT. VERNON OHNSTED, 26, Georgetown, Minn.
PVT. ROBERT W. WALKER, 23, Bay City, Tex.
PVT. CYRIL J. MINARCIK, 21, Chicago.
Critically injured were:
STAFF SGT. ERNEST M. SHULTS, 25, Forrestburg, Tenn.
PVT. JOHN LUDLUM, 25, Battle Creek, Mich.
Names and extent of the injuries of the other victims were not available immediately.
There were no witnesses to the accident other than the men in the bus and train crew, CAPTAIN HAMMOND said.
MAJ. W. A. STEPHENS, post adjutant of the Enid flying school, said the bus carried between 35 and 40 men. The accident occurred about 12:15 a.m. at a grade crossing a half mile west of Enid.
None of the men were pilots, MAJOR STEPHENS said.
The soldiers, based at the Enid flying school, were returning to their barracks about a mile west of Enid when the crash occurred.

Kingsport Times Tennessee 1942-02-26