Piedmont, SD Bus And Truck Collision, Jan 1935
MILLER CHILD INCLUDED AMONG SIX VICTIMS OF BUS SMASHUP.
MERLE CASSADY AND 5 OTHERS CLAIMED IN TRAGIC ACCIDENT IN BLACK HILLS; 13 HURT, THREE CRITICALLY.
Deadwood, Jan. 10 - (AP) - Six children were dead today and 13 others lay injured in a hospital, three critically, after a bus-truck collision on a narrow bridge on U.S. Highway No. 16, near Piedmont, 25 miles southeast of here.
Three of the children died immediately, one died within a few minutes at Calcite, another died on the way to Rapid City, and the sixth died in the hospital at 11:59 last night.
The accident occurred when the driver of each vehicle, apparently believed he had the right-of-way on the bridge. The bus had nearly cleared the bridge when it struck the truck, laden with molasses.
The right sides of both machines were virtually torn off and the bus was upset. Smashed barrels of molasses spread their sticky contents over the wreckage, hampering rescue work.
The children, members of World War veterans' families at a CCC camp at Calcite, near Piedmont, were being transported from school to the camp. Darkness set in shortly after the crash, further hindering rescuers.
Killed in the crash were:
DOUGLAS KITTERMAN, 9, Wall.
MORRIS CLASSICK, 12, Hurley.
EMMA STETLER, 8, Olivet.
MERLE CASSADAY, 13, Miller.
TWYLA TRUMBO, 14, Lead.
and ALICE PERSON, Lead.
All of the injured were taken to a hospital at Rapid City, about 20 southeast of Piedmont. In critical condition were RUTH STETLER, 12, Olivet; RUTH JONES, 15, Smithwick, and RICHARD CUMMINS, Tilford.
Others injured included:
JOHN STETLER, 13, sprained wrist, condition good.
ELMER STETLER, 10, lacerations, condition good.
GWENDOLYN PALOWSKI, 10, face lacerations, condition good, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Palowski, formerly of Lace.
RUTH JONES, 16, fractured left leg, face lacerations, condition fair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Jones, Tilford and Smithwick.
THELMA TURNER, 11, lip laceration, teeth out, condition good, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will F. Turner, Tilford and Manchester.
GENE KITTERMAN, 7, forehead laceration, possible fractured ribs, condition good, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Kitterman, Tilford and Wall.
BILLY McBRIDE, 19, lip laceration, condition good, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan T. McBride, Elk Creek Canyon above Camp Calcite.
MILDRED HARRIS, 16, fractured jaw, condition good, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Harris, Tilford and Wasta.
PATRICIA HENDRICKSON, fractured clavicle, lacerated arm, daughter of George Leach, Tilford and Hot Springs.
BLANCHE AMBURN and JACK McBRIDE were uninjured in the accident.
The driver A. F. LINDAHL, received a broken arm and was being treated at Sturgis.
ELDEN MORRIS, Rapid Valley, driver of the molasses truck, received a serious face laceration and a twisted arm.
T. ROBERTS, riding with MORRIS was uninjured.
A. F. LINDAHL, the bus driver, and BLANCHE AMBURN and JACK McBRIDE, 12, school boy, were the only persons on the bus who were unhurt. ELDON MORRIS, the truck driver, also escaped injury.
Said Driving Carefully.
Lloyd Stetler, father of one of the children killed, said he had followed the truck for several miles before the crash, and that MORRIS had been driving carefully, staying well to the right side of the road when passing cars.
Meade County authorities started an immediate investigation and announced an inquest would be held today at Sturgis, the county seat.
First persons to reach the scene of the crash were Red Cross workers from nearby towns. With army medical officers from Fort Meade, they gave first aid to the injured before starting on the 20 mile trip to the nearest hospital, at Rapid City.
Five physicians from Rapid City responded to the calls for help.
Crushed Between Seats.
Most of the injured children were cut by flying glass and severely bruised in the crash of the heavy vehicles. The five killed were crushed between the seats of the bus, which had been put into service only last Monday.
According to the story told authorities by LINDAHL, he reached the bridge first and had nearly crossed it when the crash occurred. Both LINDAHL and MORRIS were to give their stories of the crash at the inquest.
The Daily Plainsman Huron South Dakota 1935-01-10