Gettysburg, PA Three Car Collision Kills Five, Mar 1959

FIVE PERSONS DIE IN CRASH ON U.S. RT. 15.

THREE CARS COLLIDE EIGHT MILES SOUTH OF GETTYSBURG, PA.

Gettysburg, Pa. (AP) - Five persons were killed early today in a three-car collision on U.S. 15 near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, eight miles south of Gettysburg.
Coroner C. G. Crist, of Adams County, identified the victims as:
MRS. MERLE KEILHOLTZ, a waitress at a Gettysburg restaurant, who was driving alone to her home in Emmittsburg, Md.;
and LLOYD SOWERS;
GARY L. SOWERS;
PAUL K. KIRK;
and DAVID SOWERS, the latter eight years old, all of Dillsburg, R.D., Pa., who were in the second car.
The SOWERS' party had attended a horse auction at Thurmont, Md., and were going home when the crash occurred about midnight.
State police gave this account:
LLOYD D. SHEELY, a bartender, of Fairfield, Route 1, Pa., started to back his car out of a service station onto the highway. He said he pressed the starter and his car apparently drifted onto the highway.
Sheely was uninjured.
The SOWERS' car struck the rear of the SHEELY car and bounced across the highway, colliding head-on with an automobile driven by MRS. KEILHOLTZ.
Both cars were demolished.
MRS. KIELHOLTZ died en route to the Gettysburg Hospital. The others were killed instantly.

Cumberland Evening Times Maryland 1959-03-05