Waterbury, NE Head On Auto Crash, Nov 1955
NEBRASKA'S WORST ROAD CRASH CLAIMS 10 LIVES ON SABBATH.
Waterbury, Neb. (AP) - A head-on collision, believed to have been the worst in Nebraska highway history, snuffed out 10 lives last night - those of six teenagers and four musicians.
Col. C. J. Sanders, head of the Nebraska Safety Patrol, said he could recall no other accident taking so many lives.
The teenagers were returning to their farm homes near Ponca. The state safety patrol said a front tire apparently blew out. Their car rammed head on into one carrying the musicians, bound for an engagement at Norfolk, Neb.
The car carrying four members of the Jimmy Palmer orchestra, JAMES E. MARTELLO, about 30, Springfield, Ill.; JACK RENN, about 25, Pittsburgh, Pa.; LOU CASE, JR., about 25, Rock Island, Ill.; and DON SHEFFIELD, about 25, of Vermont, burst into flames after the impact.
The Nebraskans killed were RODNEY HANKS; GARY STARK; ROBERT RAKOW; PERRY BOOK; RICHARD RAHN and RONALD NOBBE.
Miami Daily News-Record Oklahoma 1955-11-21