Fort Scott, KS Head On Crash Kills Five, Mar 1959

HEAD-ON CRASH TAKES 5 LIVES.

COLLISION VICTIMS SOUTH OF FORT SCOTT, KAS., ARE KANSAS CITIZENS.

BOY THE ONLY SURVIVOR.

HARVEY McPHERON, 15, IS INJURED; HIS PARENTS AND THREE OTHERS DIE.

Five Kansas Citizens were killed about 3:55 o'clock yesterday afternoon in a head-on collision on U.S. 69 south of Fort Scott, Kas.
Two members of a family on an Easter holiday trip died in one car. Three parsons died in the other. A 15-year-old boy was the only survivor.
The dead:
HERMAN F. McPHERON, 64, of 402 East Thirty-First Street;
MRS. ZELLA BELLE McPHERON, 58, his wife;
BENJAMIN JUNIOR PARKER, 27, of 3338 Forest Avenue;
MRS. DELORES PARKER, about 25, his wife;
and KIMBERLY JANET PARKER, 8-months-old, their daughter.

Suffers Nose Fracture.
HARVEY McPHERON, 15, the son of the couple killed in the crash, was the only survivor. He suffered a nose fracture and a laceration of the right leg. He was in good condition last night at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott. He is a sophomore at Westport High School.
The crash occurred on a straight stretch of road in clear weather 6 1/2 miles south of Fort Scott. The mangled cars locked together on the west side of the road.
The tragedy was termed the worst highway crash in Bourbon County in at least 15 years. It brought the traffic death toll in the county to nine this year. Last year's total was five.
"It was the worst I've even seen," Ray Cummings, sheriff said.

Sees Car Swerve.
Gayle Crawford, 139 South Lawn Avenue, told the sheriff he was following the McPheron car. He said it had been off the road twice before it swerved into the path of the oncoming vehicle.
The sheriff said he believed the boy was the driver of the McPheron car, but relatives at Pittsburg, Kas., where the family had been visiting, said the elder McPheron was driving when the family left shortly after 3 o'clock.
The McPheron family had gone to Pittsburg Saturday to visit a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Biancarelli, who live on a farm near there.

Both Were Employed.
McPheron was a punch press operator for Black, Sivalls and Bryson, Inc., 7500 East Twelfth Street.
Mrs. McPheron was employed in the jewelry department at Macy's.
Another son, Bill McPheron, Tucson, Ariz., also survives.
The Parkers were thought to have been on the way to Pittsburg, where his mother Mrs. Ocle Ward Parker, and other relatives live. Parker was employed at the Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, a grain firm here. He was discharged from the service last October.

Kansas City Times Missouri 1959-03-30