Manning, SC Two School Buses Collide, Jan 1953
2 STUDENTS DIE, 43 INJURED AS BUSES COLLIDE.
Manning, S.C., Jan. 20 (UP) -- Two school buses, one loaded with white pupils and the other carrying only its Negro driver, collided head-on on a fogbound road today, killing two students and injuring 43.
WILL ANDERSON LEMON, 17-year-old Negro student driver who had just unloaded his passengers, and THOMAS HARELSON, 10 year-old occupant of the white bus, were injured fatally.
Lt. J. W. COLEMAN of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the bus driven by LEMON attempted to pass another empty Negro school bus in the thick fog about 8:30 a.m. (EST). It plowed into the northbound bus loaded with white children ranging from first-graders to high school seniors.
"There were little children's books and pocketbooks lying all around," said MRS. KATHLEEN WHEELER of Manning, who reached the scene shortly after the crash. "The seats in the bus were so badly mangled it's a wonder all of them weren't killed."
Of the 43 injured, 16 were admitted to hospitals with "serious to critical" injuries. The others were released after first aid treatment.
Panama City News Florida 1953-01-21