Plymouth Meeting, PA Tour Bus Crash, Jan 1984


Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (AP) - More than 30 people were injured, two seriously, when a tour bus collided with a snowplow and plunged down a shallow ravine Sunday morning.
The tour bus headed to Atlantic City, N.J., was attempting to pass the snowplow, which was under contract with the state transportation department, when the bus abruptly changed lanes and cut off the plow, state police said. Unable to swerve on the icy road, the plow struck the back of the bus, sending it into a sharp right turn across three lanes of traffic and into a drainage ditch about 30 feet off the road.
The accident happened on Interstate 476 in Plymouth Meeting just south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at about 10:30 a.m. The bus departed from Wilkes-Barre.
Bus driver ROBERT A. JONES, 57, of Kingston was trapped in the wreckage for nearly two hours and broke both arms and both legs and was in fair condition Sunday night. Plow driver RICHARD T. EMERY, 39, of Jenkintown, suffered head injuries.
Most of the 50 passengers walked off the bus, and 31 passengers were treated and released.

Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 1984-01-11