Altoona, PA Auto And Bus Collision, Dec 1945


Altoona, Pa., (AP) -- ELWOOD R. McGRAW, aged 28, of 523 Eighteenth Street, who was honorably discharged from the army last Thursday after seventeen months of service in the European theatre of operations was instantly killed at 3:50 o'clock Monday afternoon when his automobile collided with a Blue & White bus at the intersection of Baker Boulevard and Union Avenue, Allegheny Furnace.

The young veteran, husband of Mrs. Evelyn (Stiffler) McGraw, former Adams and Allegheny school teacher, and son of Mrs. Matthew McElhinney of 2624 West Chestnut Avenue, was pronounced dead of severe head injuries at the scene of the accident by Dr. Lawrence Dibert, an intern at the Altoona Hospital, who was a passenger aboard the bus.

The bus was operated by John Green, aged 27, of Manor Road, Altoona, and was traveling south on Union Avenue. He reported that in attempting to avoid the collision he swerved the bus to the wrong side of the highway. The McGRAW automobile failed to stop at the stop sign against Baker Boulevard traffic and crashed into the side of the bus.

The highway was very icy at the time of the accident, and may have played a part of McGRAW being unable to stop at the intersection.

Altoona Mirror Pennsylvania 1945-12-26