The Caddo Herald
May 10, 1946
23 Injured in Bus-Truck Head-On Collision at Armstrong Saturday
Rena Gatlin, aged 12, died in a Durant hospital 24 hours after being hit by a southbound Greyhound bus at Armstrong Saturday morning when the bus was hit head-on by a Hale-Halsell truck traveling north.
Injured numbered 23, one of them being M. L. Miseheimer of Kiowa, candidate for Congress. He has a broken leg and other injuries. Twelve are in Durant hospitals undergoing repairs.
Ten were treated for minor injuries and released.
Miss Kaiser, teacher in Caddo schools, was bruised some, but was able to resume her duties at school Monday.
Billy (Betty) Jo Simmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Simmons of Caddo, was quite seriously hurt, and is yet in the hospital.
Mrs. Harve Dillard of Liberty also was seriously injured.
George Stevens of Armstrong, driver of the truck, suffered internal injuries.
Louis Kasti, of Tulsa, driver of the bus, got a fractured hip.
Both vehicles were ruined for future use. Maybe some parts to be salvaged, but not much.
Stevens, driver of the truck, turned left across the highway to go to his home near Blue. He possibly did not see the bus as it came south across the bridge. The bus turned right, off slab, to avoid being hit, and struck the Gatlin girl who was visiting her aunt in Armstrong. She was so badly injured that she died.
Both Hale-Halsell and the bus company carry compensation insurance and the loss will run into many thousand dollars, for the death and injured will be recompensed according to severity of injuries.
This was one of those things that could have been avoided if the driver had been looking before crossing the highway.