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Rock Springs in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

A Tragedy Remembered

A Tragedy Remembered Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2015
1. A Tragedy Remembered Marker
Inscription.  On February 3, 1961 around 5:15 p.m., a bus loaded with FMC Corporation employees were returning home to Rock Springs. Approximately 5 miles west of Rock Springs a car passed the bus and lost control on the slippery highway. It crashed head on into an oncoming semi-truck. The truck then lost control and jackknifed into the path of the bus. The driver of the car was killed instantly and the resulting bus crash claimed the life of the bus driver, John Bucho, as well as Josephine Gilpin, Lola Legerski, Bob Park, Barrie Gilfillan and Mac McKenna. Many other passengers and the two truck drivers sustained permanent injuries.

The community responded remarkably. Special thanks to the City and Police Departments of Rock Springs, Sweetwater County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Memorial Hospital staff, doctors and nurses and all the citizens of Rock Springs. Their support and concern will leave a mark forever in the hearts of the grateful and grieving survivors, and families of the victims.

The Names of the passengers in the Bus
Al Krza • Bill Wenneborg • Carl Klein • Henry Hafner • Josephine Gilpin • John Lucchi • Larry
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Hickerson • Louis Ruffini • Paul Petro • Roger Guest • Thomas Lavery • Allen Alstad • Bob Knudsen • Diana (Osborne) Ainscough • Howard Campbell • Joan Cederburg • John Majhanovich • Arlen Lawrence • Mac McKenna • Peg O'Neal • Russ Hynes • Tom Bernatis • Barrie Gilfillan • Bob • Park Frank Narramore • Howard VanValkenburg • John Bucho • John Schultz • Lola Legerski • Mary Porter • Roy Logan • Shirley Rogers • William Fleming • Bob Bertrand • Boyd Soltis • Guy Gatti • Jack While • John Herink • Judy (Gilpin) Carr • Louie Shifrar • Ole Anselmi • Roy Radakovich • Steve Sekerak
Memorial Stone donated by FMC Corporation
Plaque donated by United Steel Workers Local 13214

Erected by FMC Corporation and United Steel Workers Local 13214.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is February 3, 1961.
Location. 41° 35.198′ N, 109° 13.233′ W. Marker is in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is on South Main Street east of C Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker and monument are located in Railroad Park, on the east side of the Rock Springs Railroad Depot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 South Main Street, Rock Springs WY 82901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the
A Tragedy Remembered Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2015
2. A Tragedy Remembered Memorial
In Loving Memory
Barrie Gilfillan
Bob Park
John Bucho
Josephine Gilpin
Lola Legerski
Mac McKenna

Dedicated to all the indiduals
involved in the FMC
bus accident
February 3, 1961
crow flies. "Charlie Smith" (here, next to this marker); Rock Springs Coal (a few steps from this marker); Beneath This Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Springs Coal Welcome Sign (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Spring Stage Station Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Oil Derrick (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tipples and the Reliance Coal Mines (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Reliance Tipple (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Springs.
A Tragedy Remembered Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 15, 2015
3. A Tragedy Remembered Memorial
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Sep. 22, 2023