ON THIS DAY – June 20, 1966


15 lights of a semi-trailer rammed by a passenger bus near Chiltern should have been visible to anyone following it, the prosecutor, Mr J. F. Howse, said in the Supreme Court. He said that shortly before the crash, in which five passengers in a Red line Bus were killed, the transport had been negotiating a long, sweeping bend. This meant the truck’s eight rear lights and six or seven sidelights would have been visible lo anyone following. Mr Howse was opening the trial of Clarence Joseph Cook, 43, of Walker Street, Yass. bus driver, who has pleaded not guilty to five charges of manslaughter. Cook was driving the bus from Yass lo Melbourne on June 20 when it ran into the rear of a transport driven by Ian Robert Sams, of Hinnema Street, Panania, Sydney. The jury was taken by bus lo inspect the crash scene and the section of the Hume Highway leading to the area, 172, miles from Melbourne, this afternoon. The trial will continue be fore Mr Justice Lush tomorrow.