Toronto, ON Bus And Train Collision, Dec 1975
BUS-TRAIN WRECK LEAVES 8 DEAD.
20 MORE HURT IN TORONTO.
Toronto (AP) - "There was a loud boom, a sort of rumble," said James Brown, an ambulance attendant who heard a train-bus crash that left eight persons dead and 20 injured.
A fast-moving express commuter train slammed into a stopped city bus at a level crossing Friday, police said. Four men and four women bus passengers were killed.
The dead, all of Toronto, were identified by police as:
FRANK LEDERER, 42.
EDELE PETERSEN, 48.
LEO McCALE, 29.
JOAN MICH, 40.
RENATO DIAZ, 30
WENDY GAMEY, 20.
WILLIAM STRIDE, 14.
MARGARET ANDREJEK, 19.
The bus carried about 50 passengers. All but seven managed to scramble off as crossing lights flashed, gongs sounded and the train horn screamed.
Alice Mooney, 50, said she got off the bus and looked up the tracks:
"I saw the train coming and I thought he was not going to stop. Then I thought he was going to miss the bus, thank God. Then, wham."
The westbound train was going about 65 m.p.h. when it approached the St. Clair Avenue crossing at 4:50 p.m., officials said.
The driver, DONALD SINE, got off the bus and tried to flag down the train, according to witnesses. He was hospitalized in shock.
Deputy Police Chief Jack Ackroyd said the bus apparently was trapped inside the crossing gates as they came down.
Witnesses said some of those killed were behind the bus where they thought they were safe. But the impact spun the bus around striking the passengers and the crossing signal.
One body was found a quarter mile down the tracks and the undercarriage of the bus was knocked 50 feet.
"There was so much going on, we just moved from one to another, comforting them, giving them first aid and a little oxygen," said a fire official in the Borough of Scarborough where the accident occurred.
Gordon Hurlbutt, chairman of the Toronto Transit Commission, said the bus may have stalled because of mechanical failure.
He said the TTC is investigating the possibility that someone may have caused one of the doors to open. The model of bus involved cannot be operated if a door is open.
Experts from the provincial government and the manufacturer of the bus, General Motors, were examining the vehicle.
(Unknown Newspaper) 1975-12-12