National Affairs: School Bus

At Merced, Calif., one afternoon last week, a Santa Fe freight train chuffed slowly toward a grade crossing. Also toward the crossing rattled and jounced a big school bus, packed with twoscore children on their way home. Like thousands of other children throughout the land who bus to & from school, they were playing and chattering when the shrill whistle of the locomotive sounded. Next instant the engine struck the bus broadside, sent it splintering into a ditch. Children killed, 6; children injured, 23. Death came with such a sudden roar that there...

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