Melsheimer Accident

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BENLD FOOTBALL BUS CRASH BLAMED ON CARELESS DRIVING clde Status of Gridiron Squad Taylorvilfe. $11., Oct. 7.—v^—A coroner's'jury decided carelessness by Miss Georgie Melsheimer, St. Louis, was responsible for the automobile-bus-truck collision which killed one man and injured 30 persons near Palmer Prlday night. The decision Was returned yesterday at an Inquest Into the death of Bus Driver Roland P. Stehlln, Litchfield. Miss Melsheimer was at libertv on $2,000 bond on a manslaughter charge based on a complaint filed by a deputy sheriff. The Benld school board, meanwhile, postponed until tonight a meeting called for last night to decide the status of football at the Benld high school because of injuries to players riding In the bus at the time of the collision. Two members of the team, Jack Robertson and Louis Cathberro, who suffered skull fractures, remained In serious condition in St. Vincent's hospital although physicians said that they were showing improved chances of recovery. Hospitalized with severe lacerations was a third player, Capt. John Lukachik. At the inquest witnesses -.aid \liss Melsheimer, attempting to pass on a hill, sldeswioed the bus, which then crashed into a heavy truck. Miss Melsheimer testified that she had been trying for some time to pass the bus and whe.n she started around It she was forced to cut in sharply to avoid hitting the approaching truck.

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  1. Freeport Journal-Standard,
  2. 07 Oct 1941, Tue,
  3. Page 5

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