Johnstown, PA Greyhound Bus Accident, July 1936
22 INJURED AS DRIVER TURNS BUS INTO BANK.
QUICK ACTION OF DRIVER SAVES VEHICLE FROM GOING OVER PRECIPICE.
Johnstown, Pa., July 27. (UP) - A Greyhound bus, plunging out of control down a steep road, was turned into an embankment early today less than a hundred feet from a 250-foot precipice.
Twenty-two of the 23 passengers, who became frenzied when the big bus plunged toward the cliff, were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.
Driver CLAY WORTHINGTON, 33, Berry, Pa., intentionally turned his machine into the roadside embankment, when it appeared he could not bring it under control before reaching the precipice.
As the bus struck the hillside, WORTHINGTON turned off the ignition and kicked out the windshield. With the help of State Trooper William Tevelin, 38, the driver removed men, women and children from the bus.
WORTHINGTON ran the half-mile into Johnstown and summoned police and an ambulance while Trooper Tevelin gave emergency treatment to the injured.
Seventeen passengers were treated at hospitals and discharged. The other five were more severely injured, but none was believed in serious condition.
The bus was en route from Scranton to Pittsburgh.
Earlier in the morning it had passed through a heavy storm which made the highway slippery. At the top of a steep hill leading into Johnstown, WORTHINGTON shifted into second gear.
Two hundred yards from the top, the rear end of the bus began to sway. The bus picked up speed. WORTHINGTON yelled to Tevelin:
"It's out of control. There's a precipice right ahead."
Tevelin calmly directed WORTHINGTON to turn the bus into the hillside embankment. The heavy vehicle hit the embankment and overturned. The point was less than 100 feet from the big cliff overlooking Johnstown.
Johnstown, Pa., July 27 (UP) - Those remaining in hospitals with injuries suffered when a Greyhound bus crashed near here today were:
ELIZABETH D'ANTONIO, 21, Donora, Pa.
ALFRED D'ANTONIO, 23, Donora, Pa.
JOHN L. HAVERS, 41, Nanticoke, Pa.
BELFORD ZERBE, 19, Dalmatia, Pa.
ALBERT ROBINSON, 22, Pulaski, N.Y.
DAVID HASTLE, 22, Avoca, Pa.
MARTHA NEVADA, 30, Bridgeport, O.
ALLEN SMITH, 46, Cleveland.
WILLIAM PLATT, 41, New York City.
The following were treated and discharged.
MRS. EDITH HOSTETTLER, 37, Youngstown.
MRS. VERNA ZEMAN, 35, Youngstown.
DORIS ZEMAN, four months old, Youngstown.
PAULINE KOPEC, 23, Pittsburgh.
ROSS HEVERLY, 22, State College, Pa.
MILLARD BASSANO, 17, Binghamton, N.Y.
JOSEPH ROBEL, JR., 21, Portage, Pa.
ALETHIA PRICE, 26, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
MARIE DOYLE, 47, Pittsburgh.
LEO DOYLE, 54, Pittsburgh.
PATRICK JUDGE, 37, Granite City, Ill.
MRS. PEARL DEUTSCH, 43, Pittsburgh.
CLARA DEUTSCH, 16, Pittsburgh.
KENNETH MACKEY, 36, Ellwood City, Pa.
Shamokin News-Dispatch Pennsylvania 1936-07-27