Layton, UT Bus And Automobile Collision, Feb 1948



Layton, Feb. 22 - A 5-year-old Nephi girl died of injuries suffered Sunday at 12:50 p.m. when the automobile in which she was riding collided with a Greyhound Lines bus just north of Layton on U.S. Highway 91.
The victim was NORMA K. BELLISTON, daughter of MR. and MRS. ALVA F. BELLISTON, Nephi.
MRS. ETHEL T. BELLISTON, 45, was termed in "critical" condition at Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in Ogden, while her husband, 49, is in
"serious" condition.

Mother Seriously Hurt.
MRS. BELLISTON suffered multiple fractures of the left leg, multiple lacerations of both legs, severe contusions of the chest, possible fractured ribs, possible internal injuries and extreme shock, according to hospital attaches.
Her husband received a dislocated left hip, severe lacerations near the left eye, an ankle injury and multiple lacerations and body bruises.
The little girl died from loss of blood from severe throat lacerations.
None of the 11 passengers in the northbound bus driven by Virgil C. Weidman, 34, 1155 E. 2nd South, Salt Lake City, was injured.

Crash During Storm.
Trooper Jack F. Gridley, state highway patrol, said the mishap occurred during a heavy snowstorm. The bus driver told him a line of automobiles in front of the northbound bus started to slow down and he stopped suddenly. When he applied the bus' brakes, the vehicle swerved throwing it into the path of the southbound BELLISTON car.
The light 1935 model sedan collided with the bus. It took rescuers about 30 minutes to extricate MR. and MRS. BELLISTON, she being trapped by the car heater and the driver's feet were entangled in the cowling wreckage. The child was seated on MRS. BELLISTON'S lap and was cut by flying glass from the windshield, Trooper Gridley said.

Patrol Orders Probe.
The bus continued to Ogden after the wreckage was cleared. No citations were issued, but the investigation is continuing, he said.
The BELLISTON family reportedly had been visiting a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Boswell, of Logan.
The victim was born in Nephi Jan. 28 a daughter of ALVA F. and ETHEL TUTTLE BELLISTON.
Surviving are her parents, two sisters, and three brothers, Mrs. Bernice Boswell, Logan; Mrs. Mildred Sherwood, and Blain, Richard and John Belliston, Nephi.

Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1948-02-23