Willard Baker, bus-train accident
greeting of general io and Dc- When BUS IS STRUCK BY SPEEDING Carried Members Of Bur bank Basketball Team MANY BADLY HURT Carrier Directly In Path Of Flier At Crossing 10 Miles From Wooster OoluminB, 0,, Jan. 4, (/P)-- G-oyernor Cooper today took cognisance of three bus accidents in Ohio during the past three days and directed the Â· state utilities to make an inline- diats investigation and report forthvrith to him. ( AKtuf-'lnted Tress Wooster, 0., Jan. 4. Helpless victims of a speeding train which cut through ! the and a blinding sleet' storm to their bus while they laughed arid talked of their basketball games, seven youths were dead and eight other 'high school boys and girls were in hospitals today. The dead boys, all 'between 14 and 18 years oE age, .ivcre oJ! the high school basketball of Burbank, liear here. They were on their way home. Happy over defeating their old rivals at Big Prairie, another nearby village, when Pennsylvania railroad . flier struck their bus at a crossing near ten miles south of here, last night. The dead are: Wilbur and Forest Grubb, brothers; Claude Eepp, Wayne Lehman, Emil Timic, ,Euene Talley, Willard Baker. Girls May Die The most seriously .injured were Edith Repp,' wfio suffered fractures of both legs and may 'die, and Talley, sister of the dead boy, received a broken leg. The other. injured, most of whom suffered nothing more serious than cuts bruises, 'arc Charles Packard, Donald Lehman, Alice West, Ellen Cowhick, Grace Plcry, Maurice Lenz, coach of the boys' team, Joseph Baker, driver of the bus. The crumpled bus was carried down the track 100 feet and were slreirn four times that distance as the banter and gaiety the youngsters was changed to shrieks. Ambulances were called from Woosfer and raced perilously over the ice-covered highway to the- injured to Wooster 's two hospitals. The bus driver was overcome unable to give any coherent explanation of what happened. He could not remember whether he stopped before climbing.. the incline to tho crossing. The crossing at the ionr of the accident -- after .10' o'clock -is protected only Ijy a hell .tin! signal. Coach Lena and those of flic injured who were nblo to talk Lice-wise did not know what occur- reii before (he rushing train was upon them. Pennsylvania railroad officials said Baker apparcnlly had i; seen the train coming through tho storm and started across ili- icetly in front of it.