Marysville, OH Tractor Trailer Loses Load, Kills Eight, Oct 1963
FREAK CRASH KILLS EIGHT - STEEL CRUSHES CAR.
Eight persons were killed Wednesday night when 58,000 pounds of steel fell from a tractor trailer, crushing one car, and the truck then hit another auto near here.
The Highway Patrol said three rolls of sheet stainless steel tumbled from the truck on a curve and one of them crushed a car operated by JUDITH ANN LEWIS, 19, East Palestine, Ohio. She and her four passengers were killed.
The truck, thrown out of control by the sudden weight shift on the trailer, then slammed into an auto operated by WILLIAM G. WHITE, JR., 33, East Liverpool. His mother, LELIA, 58, was killed in the crash and his father, WILLIAM G., SR., 64, died several hours later at East Liverpool City Hospital. The younger WHITE in critical condition, also died later.
The victims in the LEWIS car were identified as NANCY KNIGHT, 12; THEODORE KNIGHT, 8; and SALLY MAY, 17, all of East Palestine; and LOUISE SLAGLE, 15, Nagley, Ohio.
The driver of the truck, Vernon Hatcher, 27, Quaker City, Ohio, was not hurt. The tractor was owned by Brooke, Inc., of Weirton, W. Va., and the trailer was owned by Hume's Transfer Co., of Steubenville.
Traffic on busy Ohio 7 was tied up for several hours by the crash.
Marysville Journal-Times Ohio 1963-10-03