Camp Pendleton, CA Auto Collision Kills Nine, May 1962


Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP) - Deaths from an automobile collision of explosive force reached nine Monday - equaling the San Diego County record for a single traffic accident.
Eight, including three children and two women, were killed outright in the crash inside this Marine Corps training base Sunday night.
A Marine lance corporal died Monday of injuries in Camp Pendleton Marine Hospital.
Of five others injured, four remained unconscious at the hospital.
Both cars in the Sunday tragedy were registered to servicemen who are among the dead, although it is not known definitely if they were driving.

Casualties Listed
They were Navy Hospital-man DEAN L. CLARK, 31; whose wife, JANICE N., 27, is among the injured; and Marine Lance Cpl. JOHN E. MITCHELL, 19; whose wife, JOAN H., 19; and son, JOHNNY RAY, 18 months, died with him. They all lived near the camp, in Oceanside.
Also dead: Marine Lance Cpl. JAMES M. HATCHER, 19, of Tacoma, Wash., who succumbed Monday; MRS. JUDITH A. TRIMBLE; and MRS. J. B. McINTYRE; and two small daughters, all of Vista, also near the camp.
MRS. TRIMBLE was the wife of Marine Pfc. RICHARD D. TRIMBLE, age unknown, who is among the injured, and mother of SHARON TRIMBLE, 14 months, who miraculously escaped with a bump on her head and a bruised leg.
The others still unconscious in the hospital are Marine Pfc. RAYMOND F. JONES, whose home is in Torrance; and GEORGE NEWBERRY, Carlsbad, Calif.

Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1962-05-15