Anderson, SC School Bus and Auto Collision, Nov 1979


Anderson, S.C. (AP) - A school bus and a car collided today, killing a passenger in the car but leaving the four children and driver on the bus with only minor cuts and scrapes.
Anderson County Coroner Wilton Mackey identified the dead man in today's accident as JOHN HEYWARD BYRD, 45, of Pendleton, the father of 10 children ranging in age from 10 to 23.
He said BYRD'S wife, MARY, 44, was driving the car toward Anderson, apparently taking her husband to work, at 7 a.m. on a winding section of secondary road 97 when they collided head-on with the bus less than a mile from the BYRD home.
MRS. BYRD was rushed to the emergency room at Anderson Memorial
Hospital. She was expected to be admitted later.
The students were also taken to the hospital. The were identified as BERNARD GANT, 8, a pupil at Pendleton Elementary School; JAMES ANDERSON, 13, and a brother and sister, ANGELA, 17, and DARYL LEE, 16, all students at Pendleton High School.
The bus driver was identified as WILLIAM GREENLEE, a senior at Pendleton High.
The children said they knew the BYRD family. "I've just been knowing them for a long time," said DARYL LEE, his face bleeding from a cut.
State Highway Patrolman P.W. Long said the right front of the car collided with the right front of the bus "on the car's side of the road."
It was the second fatal accident in South Carolina involving a school bus in as many days. Two children were killed when a tractor-trailer and a school bus collided near Moncks Corner Thursday.

Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1979-11-09