Bellwood, PA Two Auto Collision, Nov 1934
SEVEN KILLED AS CARS BURN AFTER HIGHWAY CRASH.
VICTIMS BURNED TO DEATH AS FLAMES TRAP OCCUPANTS AFTER COLLISION.
ONE OCCUPANT THROWN CLEAR.
Altoona, Pa., Nov. 16 (AP) - Seven persons were killed in the collision of two automobiles which crashed together on the William Penn Highway tonight, rolled over and burst into flames.
The dead, four men and three women, are:
MORRIS PERKINS, University of Pittsburgh law student.
JAMES SANIEL, Pittsburgh, attorney.
HYMAN GRAVER, of Lorain, O.
IRVIN M. MUSSER, State College, Pa.
MRS. IRVIN MUSSER, State College, Pa.
MISS RUTH JACKSON, West Grove, Chester County, Pa.
MISS ELINOR WEBSTER, North Girard, Pa.
MISS DOROTHY RUDY, 21, of State College, was the only occupant of the two machines to escape. She was thrown clear of the wreckage as the cars turned over and was moved to a hospital suffering with shock and bruises. She was unable to tell what happened.
Three In Borrowed Car.
State highway patrolmen said PERKINS, SANIEL and GRAVER were driving east in a borrowed car, en route to State College for the Lafayette-Penn State football game tomorrow.
The other victims were driving west to Altoona for a dance tonight and MUSSER was at the wheel of the machine. The accident occurred on a curve on the highway at Bellwood, a village six miles east of Altoona.
The patrolmen said the machines rolled over and caught afire, trapping all of the occupants but MISS RUDY inside. They said the bodies of MRS. MUSSER, MISS JACKSON and MISS WEBSTER, were
"charred beyond recognition."
The officers added they were unable to tell whether some of the victims burned to death or were killed in the collision. They received numerous wounds any one of which would have been fatal.
Driver Is Unknown.
The men en route to State College were driving in a car borrowed from Fridola Zickner of McKeesport. The patrolmen said they could not determine who was driving the machine.
The bodies were removed to the Fuoss funeral home in Bellwood where they will remain pending instructions from relatives.
THe men driving to State College were riding in a heavy coupe and the other car was a light (Ford) sedan. The latter car caught fire first and the flames spread to the heavier machine.
Patrolmen said the crash was witnessed by two hitch-hikers whose names were not learned. They summoned the officers.
The Gazette and Daily York Pennsylvania 1934-11-17