Conway, SC Auto Crashes Into Bus, Feb 1958


Conway, S.C. (AP) - An automobile and a bus collided head-on on a foggy road three miles east of here today and the impact killed five men in the car.
Horry County Coroner Littlejohn Blanton said that bus driver Julius M. Gainey of Myrtle Beach told him that the car, headed east, was attempting to pass another and rammed into and under the westbound Trailways bus.
The bus ran onto the wide shoulder on Highway 301 and turned on its side. Gainey was slightly shaken up. The only passenger, a Negro woman, was uninjured, the coroner said. The crash occurred on a straight stretch of level highway.
Coroner Blanton listed the five dead men, all of whom lived in or near Conway, as JAMES LOUIS HUGHES, 20; MACK BROWN, 34; CLEM H. HUDSON, 25; KENNETH H. CAUSEY, 22, and ROY EDWARD BROWN, 27, a nephew of MACK BROWN. All of the men were en route to work at Myrtle Beach when the crash occurred about 7:25 a.m.
Their 1951 Ford car was demolished as it jammed beneath the front of the bus.
Gainey, a Queen City Trailways driver for 10 years, said it was his first accident.
"It was so foggy," Gainey said, "you couldn't see over 15 feet. I had cut the speed down to 35 miles per hour. The fog got so heavy and I saw two objects side by side that were meeting me. One car was passing the other in the heavy fog. When I saw them I went for my brakes, but before I could get my foot on the brakes, they hit me head-on," Gainey related.

The Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1958-02-12