Rockville, IN Auto And Truck Crash, Jun 1955



Rockville, Ind. June 24 - (Special) - The charred bodies of six persons burned to death in the 100-mile-an-hour auto-truck crash on U.S. 41, three and one-half miles north of here, at 9 o'clock Thursday night were identified Friday morning.
They are:
WAYNE M. CAIN, 27 years old, Crawfordville, Ind., driver of the truck;
CARL EDWARD BARNETT, 34 years old, 5604 Beal Avenue, Hammond, Ind.;
DARLENE KAY BARNETT, 6-year-old daughter of CARL BARNETT;
IRA BARNETT, 62 years old, Fordsville, Ky., father of CARL BARNETT;
ALVA DOYLE CLOWER, 36 years old, Birmingham, Ala., a friend of the BARNETT family.
State Trooper Max Webb, Sheriff Earl Dowd of Parke County and Deputy Sheriff John Jackman said that the bodies of BARNETT and his two children were identified by Pearl Barnett, an uncle of Carl Barnett. He said that the body of ALVA CLOWER had been tentatively identified by a sister now en route to Rockville from her home in Birmingham, Ala. She told State Trooper Max Webb that Carl Barnett had been visiting her brother ALVA CLOWER and that the latter left with Barnett on the latter's trip north.
Investigating authorities said that fingerprints were aiding in the identification and tentative identification
of the victims.
Bodies of the victims were brought to the Barnes Funeral Home after the crash and resulting fire, rated as the worst traffic tragedy in Indiana this year.
Omer M. Smith, Parke County deputy coroner said Friday afternoon that the bodies of Carl Barnett and his two children were being taken to Carbondale, Ill., for funeral services and burial there.
He also said that the body of Ira Barnett was being returned to Morgan, Ky., for funeral services and burial.
Mrs. Carl Barnett, who was visiting in Carbondale, Ill., was reported to be en route to Rockville.
BARNETT, driving south, police said, was reported as traveling at nearly 100 miles per hour by a motorist whom he passed just a minute before the crash.

Car Hits Truck.
Investigating officers said that the car swerved out of control and crashed head-on into the northbound truck. Firemen of two Bloomingdale companies and one from Rockville fought the resulting blaze for more than two hours.
A wrecker was needed to drag the wreckage of the car from under the front of the truck. Other workers were forced to pull the cab door of the truck from the wreckage before the driver's body could be removed.
Wayne Cain, an employee of the McDaniel Freight Lines of Crawfordsville, was hauling a cargo of general freight from Terre Haute to Crawfordsville at the time of the crash.
It was reported that the truck had pulled to the right of the highway and was virtually off the pavement in an apparent effort to avoid the collision.
The bodies, two of them children - were so entangled with the wreckage that the auto had to be pulled out from under the truck before they could be removed.

Burned Beyond Recognition.
State police said all six victims were burned almost beyond recognition in the intense heat of the flames.

The Terre Haute Tribune Indiana 1955-06-24