Alpena, MI Beer Truck And Bus Collide, Aug 1951
INQUIRY SLATED INTO TRAGIC BUS COLLISION.
Alpena, Mich., Aug. 19 (AP) -- State police said Sunday there will probably be a "lengthy" inquiry into the tragic collision of a loaded bus and a beer truck in which 10 persons were killed Saturday.
In addition to the 10 dead, at least 27 persons were injured when the Greyhound bus and the beer truck rammed each other head-on at 1 p.m. Saturday. The crash occurred on highway U.S. 23
about six miles south of here.
Attendants at Alpena General Hospital, where the injured were taken, said at least nine were in critical condition. Three were listed as serious, six as "fairly good" and nine have been released.
Among those critically hurt was bus driver IRWIN BARETT, 32, of Mackinaw City. With fractured legs and a fractured shoulder, he remained trapped in the torn bus for more than an hour until workers cut him free with acetylene torches.
Authorities said he was in too critical a condition to be questioned.
According to state police, the crash apparently occurred when the bus, which had just left Alpena for Detroit, pulled into the left lane of the two-lane highway to pass a car.
Swerves Off Road.
Another car, heading north, swerved off the highway to avoid the bus, state police said they were told. Directly behind the car was the beer truck, driven by ARTHUR AUBE, 23, Ossineke, Mich. The truck bumped into the swerving car and careened into the path of the bus.
Truck driver AUBE and his assistant driver, HAROLD ERVIN BROMUND of Alpena, were killed instantly.
The other dead were identified as:
SARADEAN THOMAS, 25, Highland Park, Mich.
STELLA GREY, 50, St. Clair, Mich.
HAZEL WYATT DUNCAN, 51, Detroit.
MRS. LOIS HANSEN, 31, Detroit.
DARLENE GRICE, 11, Flint, Mich.
MRS. IRIS DENNIS, Muir, Mich.
MRS. G. R. TURNER, Lansing, Mich.
MARY GAMAL, Lansing, Mich.
The Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1951-08-20