Shelbyville, IN Two Autos And Truck Crash, Jan 1971
INDIANA CRASH KILLS 8 PERSONS.
WRONG WAY ON FREEWAY.
By The Associated Press.
Three Indiana women traveled 20 miles, police said, in the wrong lane of a four-lane expressway south of Indianapolis before they met a tractor-trailer truck and a station wagon carrying an Illinois family of six.
The tractor-trailer rig jack-knifed and avoided the southbound vehicle, the station wagon driven by EDSEL SINGLETON, 32, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., and the misdirected auto collided head-on.
SINGLETON, his wife and three children and the three Indiana women were killed. The eight deaths made it the worst traffic crash of the three-day New Year's holiday weekend in which 431 persons died on the nation's highways.
Heavy snow and blizzards from New Mexico to the Great Lakes hampered driving severely during the final 24 hours of the weekend.
Another head-on crash Sunday killed four persons near Needles, Calif.
The Indiana crash, on Interstate 74 near Shelbyville, was the state's worst since 1969, when two cars in a drag race struck two parked autos, killing nine persons.
The three Indiana woman - identified as THELMA SLETTVET, 36, and MAJORIE SWEET, 41, both of Newcastle, and VIRGINIA DISHMAN, 40, of Indianapolis - were thrown from the vehicle and police were uncertain who was driving.
A truck driver, who avoided the Indiana auto moments before the crash, rescued a 20-month-old child from the SINGLETON car. The dead, beside SINGLETON, were his wife, ALICE, 30, and children SANDRA, 9, MICHAEL, 7, and DIANA, 5.
The SINGLETONS were returning from a visit with relatives in Tennessee. Police said both vehicles were traveling about 75 miles an hour.
News-Palladium Benton Harbor Michigan 1971-01-04