Unity, PA Tractor Trailer And Auto Crash, Sep 1957


Pittsburgh (AP) - Five persons were killed yesterday in one of the worst traffic crashes in the 17-year history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
A westbound auto and a tractor-trailer collided head-on on the rain-slicked toll road about four miles west of the Pittsburgh interchange near Unity, Pa.
Killed were a man, two women and two children.
All were occupants of the car, which bore a California license plate.
State police said the car suddenly skidded across the medial strip directly into the path of the oncoming truck. The strip divides the highway's east and west lanes.
It was several hours before identity of all the victims was learned. As listed by state police and relatives, they were:
JOHN M. KELLY, 26, formerly of Gladstone, Ore.;
his wife, HAZEL, 26;
their 11-month-old daughter, SUSAN;
KELLY'S sister-in-law, MRS. DONALD M. YOUNG, 22;
and her 1 1/2 year old daughter, PATTY.
Relatives said the KELLYS moved to New York two weeks ago and were to drive with MRS. YOUNG and the children to Cleveland to meet MRS. YOUNG'S husband.
The truck driver, identified as, Thurman D. Korns, 27, of Stoystown, R.D. 3, Pa., was not injured.
Gerrard Gilbert, assistant to the Turnpike Commissioners, said in Harrisburg, Pa., he believed five is the greatest number of persons ever killed in a single accident on the superhighway.

The Plain Speaker Hazleton Pennsylvania 1957-09-21