Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Bus Crash Injures 18
On June 30, 1979 10:40 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to a bus crash on Pa. 641 in Roxbury. A church bus was traveling south on Pa 997 when the brakes failed at the intersection of Pa. 641 in Roxbury. The bus traveled across 641 into the graveyard and careened more that 40 feet down an embankment before coming to rest in the Conodoguinet Creek. A total of 18 people were injured, 15 teenagers and three adults. All were treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital except for one adult that was transported to Washington County Hospital in fair condition. Pleasant Hall fire chief Darrell Creamer was in charge of the scene and said that seven ambulances from Pleasant Hall, Letterkenny, Fayetteville, Cumberland Valley Hose and Fannett-Metal transported the patients. Creamer also reported that 50 firefighters were on the scene for nearly four hours working to remove victims, locating personnel belongings and helping to pull the bus from the creek. The companies responding were not listed in the articles but I have to believe that more than Pleasant Hal answered the rescue local. I remember the incident but not well enough to recall who responded.