Barstow, CA Two Car Collision Kills Five, Feb 1956


Barstow (UP) - Five Los Angeles area residents, three of them children, were killed in a two-car collision 15 miles west of here on Highway 66, the Highway Patrol disclosed today.
Two persons, one an adult and the other a young girl, were critically injured in the crash late yesterday and were taken to San Bernardino County Hospital where they were feared near death.
Coroner P. H. Evans identified the victims as:
MRS. BLANCHE HAINES CLAUDIO, 31, and three of her four daughters, EMILY, SUSAN and AGNES, about 3, 5 and 11 years old. The Claudio family lives at Torrance. The fifth victim was listed as MARIANO SONGA MacAPINLAE, 60, of Los Angeles, a nightclub owner.
Critically injured were DIANE CLAUDIO, 8, and ALBERT O. STEVENS, 29, of Hollywood.
Officers said STEVENS apparently was alone in one car while the other crash victims were in the second car, which was driven by MRS. CLAUDIO.
Patrolman A. M. Smith reported the collision occurred when MRS. CLAUDIO apparently tried to pass a car and struck STEVENS' oncoming westbound auto.

The Times San Mateo California 1956-02-21