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 - 8-A Binghamton, N.Y. Mo... Oct. 22, Brakes fail...
8-A Binghamton, N.Y. Mo... Oct. 22, Brakes fail on bus; 3 lulled in Tenn. crash CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) -The driver of a bus that hit a guard rail, struck three cars and plunged off a mountain road, killing three persons and injuring more than SO others yesterday, blamed the accident on a brake failure. ,William Floyd Davis, 29, of Charlotte said he lost power in the brakes and couldn't get the vehicle into a lower gear. He was charged with death by vehicle, police said. Three members of a South Carolina family were killed in one of the cars and several persons suffered injuries, pe dead were identified as Jamie Brown, 41, his wife, Elsa, 38, and their son, David, 17, all of Startex, S.C. The Highway Patrol said the Browns' daughter, Sylvia, 18, was hospitalized. Two Trailways buses chartered by a Charlotte women's club were on the way from Gatlinburg, Tenn., to Cherokee when the first one stopped, according to the women, because the brakes were running hot. "Michelle Blake, 24, who was riding in the second bus, said after the buses began rolling again, the first bus moved faster and she saw something smoking. Then the first bus pulled away from the second and the next time she saw it was after the accident on U.S.19, about six miles from Cherokee. Dr. John Davenport, clinical director of Cherokee Indian Hospital, said 28 of the injured were treated there. He said several were sent to hospitals in the area. A doctor at Haywood County Hospital said two people were admitted there for treatment of broken bones and are in stable condition. Spokesmen at C.J. Harris Hospital said 14 of the injured were taken there. Four were admitted, they said, and 10 were treated and released. At least 12 victims were taken to Swain County Hospital in Bryson City. A spokesman said one was admitted, but be did not have a condition report. in a

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  1. Press and Sun-Bulletin,
  2. 22 Oct 1979, Mon,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 8

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