Linesville, PA Auto And Truck Collision, Aug 1958
PYMATUNING CRASH FATAL TO SIX CALLED CRAWFORD'S WORST.
RT. 285 COLLISION OF AUTO, TRUCK IS RULED ACCIDENTAL.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Pittsburgh for six persons - representing four generations of the same family - who were killed Saturday in an auto-coal truck collision at the intersection of Routes 285 and 2003 about three miles south of Linesville.
THEODORE MALAY, 28, and his infant daughter, SUSAN PATRICIA, were the lone survivors among eight persons in the car which collided with a truck carrying 17 tons of coal.
The truck, carrying coal from Grove City, to Painesville, O., was driven by Virgil Mowery, of 53 South Race Street, Greenville, who was uninjured.
Killed were MRS. ELIZABETH MALAY, 27; three of her four children, THEODORE, JR., 6, KATHLEEN, 5, and ANNA MARIE, 3; Mrs. Malay's mother, MRS. ELIZABETH FLOYD, 47; and Mrs. Malay's grandmother, MRS. ANNA HILBERT, 70.
MR. MALAY, was released from Spencer Hospital, Meadville, yesterday after treatment for severe shock.
The couple's five-month-old daughter, SUSAN PATRICIA, is listed in fair condition at the hospital with bruises of the face and body.
Police said the truck rammed broadside into the auto driven by MRS. MALAY as she attempted to turn onto Route 285 from a side road. No charges were filed against Mowery.
A state trooper described the crash, as the worst he has ever seen. It is believed to have been the worst traffic accident in the history of Crawford County.
No Inquest Planned.
Some of the victims were thrown from the car and almost completely covered with coal that had spilled from the truck.
Crawford County Coroner Dr. Sherman L. Watson listed the deaths as accidental and said there would be no inquest.
Police said the accident occurred about 10:45 a.m. when the Malays' 1956 hardtop apparently failed to observe a stop sign at the crossroad. The family was headed south from the Pymatuning Lake spillway area toward the southern section of the lake for an all day outing.
The coroner said Mowery did his best to avoid striking the auto by turning his truck sharply to the left. After the truck righted, Mowery was able to drive it back to Greenville.
The Record-Argus Greenville Pennsylvania 1958-08-11