Alpena, MI Beer Truck And Bus Collide, Aug 1951


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.

Nine Critical.
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.
MRS. LOIS HANSEN, 31, Detroit.
DARLENE GRICE, 11, Flint, Mich.
MRS. G. R. TURNER, Lansing, Mich.
MARY GAMAL, Lansing, Mich.

The Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1951-08-20



My name is Rick. You were 7 years older than me. I lived across the street on Piper Road. I traded my bike for your bow. You'd be about 68 now and I'm 61.

Respondant: Wayne Piper

By any chance, did you use to go by the name of "Wonka"--a term of affection--back in 1974 in TC?

Bus Crash

I was five years old when this accident occured. My father was in the employ of Harry Fletcher, a prominent Alpena businessman. His family's station wagon was one of the cars recruited to help transport the injured from the scene of the accident. The wife of a member of our church, St. Paul's Lutheran, died in the crash.

Bus Crash

Our family passed by the scene of this horrific crash some 58 years ago. I was 4 years old at the time and we lived in Harrisville Michigan. We were returning home from a drive up U.S. 23 along Lake Huron. I can still vividly recall the mangled wreckage of the bus. I see to recall that the bus was either tilted over to or laying on it's side. There was wreckage and debris everywhere.