The Herald from Jasper, Indiana on March 25, 1972 · Page 8
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The Herald from Jasper, Indiana · Page 8

Jasper, Indiana
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Saturday, March 25, 1972
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Page 6 The Dubois County DAILY HERALD, Jasper, Ind. Saturday, March 25, 1972 3 Students Killed, 42 Hurt Engineer Says Bus Driver Failed To Stop At Crossing Auto Company Chairmen Say Standards Are Beyond Reach By DAVID W. CHUTE DETROIT (UPI)-The board chairmen of the big four auto companies agree that government safety and air pollution standards for cars are beyond the industry’s economic and technological abilities. They questioned the merit behind them. “I think they are moving too far, too fast without enough factual and scientific data behind us,” said Chrysler’s Lynn Townsend. “We certainly are all advocates of safety and safe emissions in this country, but I think that we certainly question the standards that have been set as to whether they need to be as rigid as they are. And we question the scientific data behind them requiring them in the form that they are. “And then we question the speed which may make it impossible to do the normal testing and engineering development that we normally do,” Townsend said. Townsend and the chairmen of the other three companies— Richard C. Gerstenberg of General Motors Corp., Henry Ford II of Ford Motor Co. and Roy D. Chapin of American Motors Corp.—gave their views in four separate interviews with Detroit Television Station WJBK to be aired next Tuesday. Ford, who once called the air bag “a lot of baloney,” made it plain that he hasn’t changed his mind. “We’re still against air bags because we don’t think they’re going to work properly,” he said. Chapin was less dogmatic but insisted that at the present time there is not a reliable air bag that will accomplish what it is supposed to accomplish. He added, however, “I think they’re coming sooner or later.” Gerstenberg said the air bag is “a most complicated and sophisticated system” and that lead time was the most critical factor. Gerstenberg said the widening gap between productivity and costs in recent years would make this and other advances difficult. He said that from 1965 to 1971, wages shot up by 42 per cent while productivity increased only 14 per cent, resalting in enormous cost pressures and rapidly rising prices. PRESSURE AIDS CURE LOS ANGELES (UPI)—Use of high pressure air chambers normally used to treat deep sea divers for the bends has helped cure a rare jawbone disease, dental researchers at UCLA reported Friday. The researchers said six patients suffering from mandi­ bular osteomyelitis improved after spending a series of two- hour periods in the chamber filled with pressurized pure oxygen. The disease, an infection, produces a degeneration of the jawbone. D aily H erald BUS SPLIT BY TRAIN—The wreckage of a school having been dragged more than a quarter of a mile bus in which three children died when it was rammed down the Penn Central tracks, by a freight train Friday, rests in a sea of foam after ________________________(United Press International) By DONALD THORNTON CONGERS, NY. (UPI) — Patty Bundick, an 18-year-old senior at Nyack High School, was sitting near the back of the orange school bus packed with 49 teen-age students when she glanced up and saw the approaching freight train. “I looked at the train and a few of the other kids must have too. I called out that it was coming ... a few of us screamed out,” she said. “He (the bus driver) hesitat- St. Meinrad Summer Theology Course St. Meinrad School of Theology’s Summer Theological Studies Program will be held from June 19 through July 28 at St. Meinrad Archabbey. The program offers courses leading to either a master of religious education degree, master of Divinity degree or M.A. of Religion (on special arrangement with Indiana University) or a special non-degree program. An outstanding faculty has been assembled for the summer program which includes Benedictine monks, a Passionist priest, a layman, a religious brother and a nun. Their degrees include 4 doctorates and five M.A.’s. Applicants for the program must have received an accredited B.A. or B.S. degree, however, the dean of the summer school will consider select applicants who do not have the bachelor’s degree, especially if they are active in some form of Christian education or give evidence of competence to follow the courses with profit. Tuition per credit hour is $50. A private room for the six-week program is $75; the activity fee is $15. Meals are served cafeteria style. Address all inquiries to: Mr. Daniel F. Armstrong, Director of Summer School, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577. Telephone: (812) 357-6611 ext. 535. Exotic Printing At Lilly Library BLOOMINGTON — Samples of printing which date from the year Columbus discovered America are included in a new exhibit at Indiana University’s Lilly Library. The exhibit, entitled “Exotic Printing and the Expansion of Europe, 1492-1840,” will remain until the end of May. A major part of the exhibit deals with the spread of European printing, with movable types, around the world through the medium of the old colonial empires ol Spain and Portugal. A second section is a small, ed to stop, but he kept on going. He was going too fast to stop.” she said. Patty was one of three fortunate students who suffered only minor injuries Friday morning when the 83-car Penn Central freight train, its whistle blaring, slammed into the bus at an unguarded crossing in this hamlet 25 miles north of New York City. Train Splits Bus in Two The train, which railroad officials said was traveling at A BIG WINNER—Mrs Joe Scherer, 402 Eighth St., Jasper, accepts $500 from Ron Thewes, manager of Buehler’s Northwood IGA store in Jasper. Mrs. Scherer is the latest winner in Buehler’s Bankroll contest Sister Of Jasper Man Died Friday Hazel Irene Orman, 68, of R. 1, Shoals, died at 6 a .m. Friday at her home. Surviving is one brother, Wilburn Houchin of Jasper. Friends may call after six o’clock tonight at the Queen Funeral Home in Shoals where services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by burial in Patton Cemetery in LaPorte. carefully selected collection of xylographicor block-printed works published in China by Europeans— mostly Jesuit missionaries— during the 17th and 18th Centuries. A third section is comprised of selected items from a collection of block-printed books and a few copper plate engravings published in Japan during the period from 1641 to 1853. This was the so-called “closed country period.” With one or two exceptions, all of the exhibit material was drawn from the Josiah K. Lilly Jr., Bernardo Mendel, and C.R. Boxer collections. about 25 miles an hour at the time of the collision, split the bus in two and dragged the front part of it 1,500 feet down the tracks spilling out injured children all the way. Three boys were killed, two crushed in the wreckage pulled under the train engine. Forty- three students, ranging in age from 14 to 18, and the bus driver, were admitted to Nyack Hospital. Eight were reported in critical condition, three of whom lost limbs. One boy had to have his leg amputated to free him from the wreckage, police said. “The kids were spread all over the countryside,” said Police Lt. George Finley. The train engineer, Charles Carpenter, said he “frantically” blew his whistle and set his emergency brakes when he saw the bus coming. “He Never Stopped” “He never stopped at all,” Carpenter told police. The bus driver, Joseph Larkin, 35, of Stony Point, N.Y., was reported in shock. He was admitted to the hospital for chest injuries and authorities refused to say what he had told them in a police interview. Finley, heading the investigation of the accident, said the live workers aboard the train had been interviewed along with scores of students. He said police were investigating reports the bus did not stop, but would not elaborate. However, he did say, “Our investigation will culminate in it being presented to the Rockland County Grand Jury.” New York state law requires school buses to make a complete stop at all railroad crossings. Bus was Traveling East The bus, owned by Rockland Bus Lines, Inc., of Congers, a bus contractor, was traveling east on Gilcrest Road when it was hit by the train. Authorities said the crossing was not part of the usual bus route. Sewer construction on Kings Highway resulted in the bus changing to the Gilcrest crossing at the beginning of this week. Two of the boys who were killed were found in wreckage, under the engine. The third victim died at Nyack Hospital. They were identified as James McGuiness, 17, Robert Mauterer, 15, and Richard Macaylo, 18, all of nearby Valley Cottage. Three investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board interviewed students today and said a board of inquiry would be held.

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