Delta, UT Van Crashes Into Abutment, Sep 1979


Delta, Utah (AP) - Eight elderly persons were killed and six others were seriously injured Wednesday when their van crashed into a bridge abutment while headed for the Utah State Fair, authorities said.
Six women and two men died in the predawn crash, including the elderly driver of the van. A spokesman for West Millard Hospital, who asked not to be identified, said all the injured were seriously hurt.
Those killed were identified by the Highway Patrol as the driver, ROBERT L. TOMSIK, 70; his wife, VERA, 70; CLINTON BOND, 80; his wife, VERA, 77; FLORENCE MYERS, 59; GLADIS BUSH and HELEN COOK, both 71, all from Milford, Utah, and LARUE ROWLEY, 67, of Gunnison.
Millard County Attorney Eldon Eliason said there were 14 persons aboard the bus, which was en route from the Milford and Gunnison areas to Senior Citizen Day at the state fair in Salt Lake City, 200 miles to the north.
The bus had traveled about 70 miles to U.S. 50-6 when it crashed at 6:30 a.m. about 3 miles southeast of Delta.
Eliason said the vehicle was apparently trying to pass a hay swather, a wide tractor-like machine that cuts alfalfa, when it struck a concrete bridge abutment. The top of the bus was sheared off, Eliason said.

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