Washington, NJ Auto Crashes Into Truck, Mar 1953



Washington, N. J., March 21. -- (AP) -- A 32-year-old dairy farmer and nine members of his family, lost their lives in a head on highway crash last night was they were on their way to do the weekly shopping.
Their 1953 sedan was crumpled in a collision with a trailer truck.
Killed outright were CLARENCE MATLOCK, who operated a 60-cow dairy farm in rural Silver Lake, N.J., his wife, ALMA; three daughters, ESTHER, 10, JOAN, 5, and ROSEMARY, 2; a son, CLARENCE, JR., 1, his mother, ELIZABETH, 75; and his two sisters, GRACE, 48, and MARY, 50.
Another son, RAYMOND, the only member taken from the car alive, died in a hospital early this morning -- on his eighth birthday.
In Chicago, the National Safety Council said that, so far as it knew, "it was the greatest number of people ever to be killed as occupants of a single passenger automobile."
Two men in the truck escaped uninjured. They were the driver, JOHN SCARANTINO of Scranton, Pa., and the owner, LAWRENCE BUTLER, of Dunmore, Pa.
SCARANTINO was booked at State Police barracks here on a techincal charge of causing death by auto.
BUTLER told police his truck was following a coal truck on the highway when the coal truck put on its brakes and pulled over to the right shoulder of the road.
They saw a car coming straight at them, BUTLER said, and SCARANTINO pulled across the left lane onto the left shoulder to try to avoid the car.
But the car also pulled for the same shoulder, BUTLER reported, and the vehicles collided.
A short time later, MATLOCK'S brother, RAYMOND, also headed for Washington's shopping center, came upon the wreck on the highway.
He said the family always made a Friday night shopping trip to this community and this trip was a special occassion because it was the eve of young RAYMOND'S birthday.
The two MATLOCK brothers and their mother operated three dairy farms near Silver Lake. Relatives said MRS. MATLOCK is survived by 70 grandchildren.

Oakland Tribune California 1953-03-21