Greenfield, OH Two Car Crash Kills Six, Dec 1959


One of the worst traffic accidents in this section of the state in a number of years was recorded Saturday near Greenfield. The mishap, which occurred in Fayette County, claimed the lives of a Washington C. H. couple and a Greenfield family of four, including two children.
All were believed to have been killed instantly when the two autos in which they were riding ground together head-on at a high rate of speed on Route 70, about a quarter mile south of the ABC Stockyards, at 3:50 P.M. Saturday.
Killed instantly were EDWARD C. VAN METER, 46, of Washington C. H., and his wife, JESSIE B. VAN METER, 51. They were riding in a 1955 Ford, headed north.
Occupants of the other car were HARRY G. RAYBURN, 39; his wife, LOU ANN RAYBURN, 29; and their children PEGGIE ANN, 6, and RICHARD LYNN, 8. They were riding in a 1953 Oldsmobile.

According to the state highway patrol, who investigated, the VAN METER auto, traveling at an excessive speed, went off the left side of the road on a curve, traveled on the shoulder of the road for about 200 feet and then pulled into the southbound lane, plowing into the southbound RAYBURN auto.
After the crash, the VAN METER vehicle catapulted off the left of the road, striking a culvert and became wedged between the ditch and the concrete abutment.
VAN METER was found on the ground by the driver's side. His wife's body was found lying about five feet away.
The adults in the RAYBURN car were crushed by the impact. This car spun around after the crash and stopped partly off the road. The little girl was thrown over a fence for a distance of about 50 feet into a field. The boy was flipped backwards onto the trunk of the auto.

The Press-Gazette Hillsboro Ohio 1959-12-22