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Bus Crash at Kilton Mill

Bus Crash at Kilton Mill

A different view of the bus crash from the 1950s showing the United bus still in the stream, viewed from the Loftus side of the bridge, possibly from the former railway line that linked Whitecliffe mine with Loftus (Skinningrove) mine.

Bus Crash

Bus Crash

One of several photos we have of this bus crash on Mill Bank. The bus ending up in Kilton Beck.

Photo courtesy Alan Richardson.

Lost

Lost

Not the way to Skinningrove a United bus in the woods at the bottom of Mill Bank.
(photo courtesy of Eric Johnson.)

Down In The Woods

Down In The Woods

Another of Eric Johnson’s photo’s showing a bus where a bus shouldn’t be. In the wood at the bottom of Mill Bank. We understand the unfortunate driver was called Paul (Sprag) Hart from Loftus; the brakes failed on the bus and so failed to negotiate the hair-pin bend on Carlin How bank. The bus ended up down the bank side. Two hours later Paul was back in the driving seat after crawling back up the bank, his only injury were cuts to the inside of his mouth sustained from the broken glass. Today the crash barrier would prevent such an incident occurring.

Thanks to Terry Clark and Mr Bint for the updates.

Dial 999

Dial 999

This is the first of four photos taken by Ted Morgan and loaned to us by Eric Johnson, I think that if an incident like this happened today the traffic would be stopped, not left to go by as though nothing unusual was happening.  By the look of the car, a Morris Minor, I think (but I know you people out there will correct me if I am wrong) the year would be  late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  Do you remember this accident?

Bryan Richardson believes: ”The car with the damaged front could have been driven by Richard Aitken or Aitkin who I think lived in Wood View?”

Malcom Covell tells us: ”Richard, (and wife Kaye and Mother) Aitken lived at no 3 Wood View. We, Covell’s, lived at no 1. Wood View. The houses were built by Knaggs  in the mid 1960′s. I do have a recollection of Richard been involved in an accident on Loftus Bank and a car catching fire. Richard started a ready mix concrete franchise.”

Image courtesy of Ted Morgan and thanks to Bryan Richardson and Malcolm Covell for the updates.

Are We On Fire?

Are We On Fire?

The bus driver may well have been asking this question as the flames sweep across the road towards the bus.

(photographed by Ted Morgan loaned by Eric Johnson)

Were You There?

Were You There?

Okay own up were you one of the two boys watching the firemen?  I don’t think they would have been allowed  to be so close  today.

(photographed by Ted Morgan loaned by Eric Johnson)

Still Fire Fighting

Still Fire Fighting

Looks to me as though the fireman walking up the bank has had enough, I could have put the caption ’Had Enough I Am Going Home’ but I am sure that is not the case it must have been a very trying time for all of them.  Please let us know if you have any recolection of this incident or know the names of any of the people involved.

(photographed by Ted Morgan Loaned by Eric Johnson)

Bus Crash 1950′s

Bus Crash 1950′s

I do have some information on this photograph kindly loaned by Kathleen Hicks.

Skinningrove night shift were coming home when the accident happened and John McLaren crawled to Loftus, after having his leg brken in the accident, to get help.  John Bennett snr. drove the break down vehicle that hauled the bus from the beck. The bus had gone straight along the front of Kilton Mill (mill building) and over the bank into the stream.   Looks as though there is snow on the ground. Craig tells us: ”The recovery truck is a World War II ex-army Canadian Ford or Chevrolet (CMP) that belonged to United buses, one of these could be seen in Loftus bus garage well into the 1970’s and this may be the one. Fascinated me as a kid because I was well into World War II vehicles. Possibly it’s still around as some were bought by classic vehicle collectors when sold off.”

Many thanks to Craig for the update.

Oops – Accident on Loftus Bank

Oops – Accident on Loftus Bank

Enough of an unusual spectacle to atttract a crowd of bystanders – but was it?  In those not-so-far-off days of crash gear boxes and cable brakes it only took a missed gear-change to set you off in a rearwards direction!  On todays crowded roads it would have ended up with a multiple vehicle collision.

(Image courtesy of Howard Wilson).

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