Westville, IN Car And Truck Collision, July 1960



La Porte, Ind., July 12. -- (AP) -- A shattering car-truck crash killed three teen-age girls and young boy on their way to Purdue University campus today.
Killed when their car was demolished on a highway curve at the south edge of Westville were KAY ANN PRESTON, 19 years old, the driver; her sister, CAROL SUE, 17, their brother, JOHN, 5, and LYNNE C. KONRADY, 18, all of Gary.
"My whole family has bee wiped out," wailed CAROLYN PRESTON, 42, of Gary, as she was put in an ambulance.
MRS. PRESTON and the truck driver, HAROLD ERVIN, 27, Malinta, Ohio, were reported in fair condition in Holy Family Hospital in La Porte.
State Trooper Eugene Wellman said the Preston car, headed south on U.S. 421, apparently, failed to top at the curve at which it joins U.S. 6.
ERVIN'S truck, headed toward Chicago on U.S. 421, rammed through the car and then hit a wire fence. Its trailer upset, spilling a cargo of sheet metal which blocked the highway temporarily.
The accident was the eighth in Indiana this year which has killed four or more victims. Five persons died in a crash at Schererville Friday.
J. K. Weaver, Westville, funeral director, called the crash the worst he had ever seen, adding, "There was not a straight piece of metal in the truck or the car."
The Prestons were headed for West Lafayette so Carol Sue could enroll for admission in the Fall.
MISS KONRADY, her classmate in the 1960 graduating class at Gary Mann High School, had applied for Purdue admission but later decided to enroll at the University of Denver.

Terre Haute Star Indiana 1960-07-13