Worland, WY Bus And Truck Collision, Dec 1946


Worland, Wyo. - (U.P.) - A jammed safety door was believed to have caused the flaming deaths of four passengers aboard a Wyoming-to-Montana bus which collided head-on with a truck on a snow-packed bridge near here late yesterday.
At least 14 others suffered injuries, and the bus driver remained in a critical condition today.
Authorities said the charred condition of the bodies made positive identification difficult but identified the dead by passenger list as:
VIOLET STOTTS, a student nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital, Billings, Mont.
BUD and JIM FROST, 17 and 22, of Lovell, Wyo.
LOLA FOSTER, 22, of Riverton, Wyo.
Officers said the Burlington Trailways Bus and the truck, owned by the Fred Manning Drilling Co., of Casper, Wyo., apparently had skidded into a head-on crash on the snow-covered bridge, nine miles north of here.
Flaming gasoline quickly enveloped both vehicles, investigators said, and the screaming bus passengers fought to get through windows when they could not open the safety door.
E. B. BROWNELL of Cheyenne, driver of the bus, was in a critical condition, suffering severe burns and fractures of both legs.
Among the injured was MRS. JEANETTE FROST, mother of the two dead boys. She was returning to Lovell from Lewellen, Neb., where she had attended the wedding of another son. A third son, JACK, 14, also was injured in the crash.
RICHARD TAFFEE, of Cody, Wyo., driver of the truck, was not seriously injured.

Waukesha Daily Freeman Wisconsin 1946-12-28