Smithfield, NC Greyhound Bus Wreck, Jan 1973



Smithfield, N.C. (AP) - State trooper Gary Kearney said it will be "at least a week" before it is decided whether to file charges against the driver of a Greyhound bus which crashed near Smithfield Sunday, killing three persons.
Kearney said the length of time is necessary for him to complete his report on the mishap and consult with the district solicitor.
The driver of the bus, WILLIE WESLEY WILLIAMS of Fernandina, Fla., "apparently went to sleep" just before the bus ran off the right side of the Brodgen Rd. exit ramp on Interstate 95 and overturned at 4:56 a.m. EST, the officer said.
Killed in the crash were:
DEMENICK FLORN, 12, of Hoboken, N.J.
MRS. TERRI THOMAS, 51, of North Augusta, S.C.
and JOSIE MAE NIXON, 39, of Syracuse, N.Y.
The vehicle was traveling from New York to Miami. Its last stop was in Richmond, Va., and its next in Fayetteville, N.C.
Kearney said the bus apparently flipped into the air, hit on the top and rolled on its side after it ran off the ramp. He said skidmarks on the pavement measured 104 feet, and the bus skidded another 270 feet on its wheels after it left the roadway. However, the trooper said the driver was traveling within the speed limit.
A Greyhound spokesman said the Bus was carrying 33 passengers.

Statesville Record and Landmark North Carolina 1973-01-08