Willard Baker, bus-train accident

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Eight Other Boys and Girls Injured as Train Wrecks Bus Near Shreve RETURNING HOM1 Team and Rooters Ju L lant Over Victory Caught in Crash at Grade Crossing . WOOSTER, Jan. 4.' (#>)— Happiness of 16 high school ' boys and girls and of their coach over a basketball victory was believed believed today to have been.{he cause of the railroad crossing. accident that last night resulted in the death of seven of the boys and made screaming victims of their companions. Shouts and songs of the jubjlant youngsters drowned out the warning scream of a speeding locomotive from the ears of the man who drove the ; bus in which they were riding and '.'ft. a moment later came the crash, investigators investigators said. Shreve Scene of Crash The tragedy occurred at Shreve, 10 miles south of here, when the bus load of boys and girls from the high. school of Burbank, drove onto the tracks in the path of a plunging Pennsylvania railroad mall and express express .train. All o.f the" dead boys . were between 14 and 18 years old and were members of their school's basketball team, returning with the v .,' happiness of having just defeated ;' old rivals at Big Prairie, another nearby village. The dead are: . ..WILBUR AND FOREST GRUBB, brothers* ..CLAUDE REPP. WAYNE LEHMAN. EMH/TIMIC; EUGENE TALLEY. WILLARD BAKER. The most seriously Injured were Edith Repp, who suffered fractures ~1 of both legs and may die, and -Lola Talley. -sister, of the dead. boy, who received a broken leg.- The other Injured, Injured, most of whom cuffe.red nothing nothing more serious than cuts and bruises, are Charles Packard/Donald. Lehman, Alice West, Ellen Cowhick. Grace Flory, Maurice Lenz, coach of the boys' teams, and Joseph Baker, 50, .driver of the bus. Bus Carried 100 Feet The crumpled bus was carried down the track 100 feet, and bodies- were strewn four times that distance " as the banter and .gaiety .of the youngsters was changed to shrieks. Ambulances were called.from .Wooster .Wooster and .raced periously over the ice- covered highway to take the Injured Injured to Wooster's two hospitals. The bus driver, was overcome and unable to give" any coherent explanation explanation of what happened.' He, coujd not remember whether he stopped before climbing the incline to the crossing. The crossing at the hour of the accident—after 10 o'clock— is protected only by a'bell and flash signal. Coach Lenz and those of the injured who were able to talk likewise likewise did not know what occurred before before the rushing train was - upon them., Pennsylvania railroad offv j - cials said Baker apparently had not seen the train coming through • the storm'and started across directly In front of it. Warning Bell at Crossing The investigators today said there was no signal light seen at the crossing crossing but they were positive that the warning bell was ringing there and that' the speeding train's whistle was sounded, loudly as it approached the highway. Although there have been but f,ew other accidents at the crossing-whlclr- is in the business section of tHe vil< lage, the crossing has been known to be dangerous. It has two tracks and the street crosses them on- an incline. incline. In addition the view of any approaching trains is somewhat obstructed obstructed by buildings. The The train that hit the bus was running westward about 45 miles per hour. Engineer F. F. Zick, of Crestline, %vas at the throttle. Town in Mourning: The tragedy, hit hard at Burbank, a town of only 500 people. Every one knew the boys and girls on the basketball team and many had journeyed to Big Prairie to root for them. The rooters started homo ahead of the players, \vho had to have time to change clothes, eager to teH how the boys' team had defeated defeated their the girls lost. Word of the accident traveled rapidly, rapidly, however, and soon the hospitals hospitals and undertaking establishments here were filled with the better part of Burbank's residents, mothers and' (Continued on Page 12)

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  1. The Evening Independent,
  2. 04 Jan 1930, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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