White Salmon, WA Bus And Van Collision, Jul 1946


White Salmon, Wash. July 29. - (AP) - MERLE NELSON, Yakima, driver of a Washington Motor Coach Bus wrecked near here Saturday, died in the Hood River Hospital, today, bringing the death toll to five.
NELSON had never recovered consciousness since the collision at Lock Lake with a heavy furniture van, which ripped open the side of the loaded bus and killed three women outright. A fourth died a few hours later.
Six bus passengers remained in the Hood River Hospital today, where their condition was described "as good as can be expected." Most seriously injured were BARBARA BOOTH, Portland, multiple fractures, and DAVID WEBER, 21, Goldendale, Wash., fractured skull.
The others still hospitalized were HERBERT PEABODY, Los Angeles; REUBEN MARTIN, Portland; C. A. LUCAS, Medford; DAVID P. HAUSER, Yakima.
Two sister-in-law of Spokane, Wash., MRS. MARGARET AURITE and MRS. LOUELLA AURITE; DOROTHY REDWINE, 23, Bingen, Wash., and MRS. HANNAH LANGEDAHL, 68, Lewistown, Mont., were killed.

News-Review Roseburg Oregon 1946-07-29