Willard Baker

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Willard Baker - has following Sunday, sons bedside came Curtis...
has following Sunday, sons bedside came Curtis Friday editor the direct Full Responsibility for Bus Tragedy at Shreve Is Placed upon Driver State Utilities Commission Puts AH of Blame for Crash in Which S e v e n Boys Were K i l l e d Wheel--Will Face Grand Jury at Wooster --24 - Hour G u a r d A s k e d COLUMBUS, O., Jan. 9.--Responsibility for the grade crossing accident at Shreve, Wayne co., January 3, when seven high school students were killed and nine were injured, was placed upon Joseph Baker, 57, school bus driver, by the state utilities commisison, today. The accident occurred at the Market st. crossing of the Pennsylvania railroad at 10:43 p. m. The Ill-fated bus contained students of the Burbank school who were on their way home from a basketball game at Big Prairie, 28 miles distant. H. M. Evans and J. P. Briggs. inspectors, in their report to the commission covering their investigation of the accident, recommended that the Pennsylvania railroad provide for a watchman to be stationed at the Market st. crossing 24 hours each day and that, in lieu of present track circuit bells, the railroad Install automatic flashing light signals at the Main st , Robinson and Wood st. crossings in Shreve. In a communication to Governor Myers Y. Cooper, in response to the governor's request for a report dealing with the accident, the commission stated that "at the time of the accident the automatic bell (at the crossing.) was ringing and the engineer had blown his whistle for tills crossing and for the crossing immediately to the east. This portion of the Pennsylvania railroad is used by many speed trains and, due to the In the track and obstructive buildings, a train cannot be seen more than 10 seconds before it passes point from which observation is made." "The question of the criminal negligence of the driver will, we understand, bo presented to the grand jury of Wayne co," Declaring that Baker, had been employed by the trustees of the Burbank school district, the commission told Governor Cooper that the operation of the school bus by Baker was never under the commission's jurisdiction "as the commission has no control over the operation of school buses, nor of special trips such as was made under the contract for the transportation of the basketball teams.' "The evidence would indicate that the Main st. crossing, at Shreve, has a warning sign hung Continued on Page Twelve a

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  1. The Coshocton Tribune,
  2. 09 Jan 1930, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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