Clinton, SC Truck and Auto Collision, Mar 1985
CLINTON POLICE TRY TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF CRASH THAT KILLED SEVEN.
By the Associated Press.
Clinton police were investigating the cause of a wreck that killed seven people and injured three others, pushing to at least 16 the number of deaths on South Carolina's highways over the weekend.
Assistant Police Chief Carroll Barker said a Pinto carrying eight people from Clinton apparently crossed the center line of a two-lane road at about 8 p.m. Sunday and was struck broadside by a pickup truck pulling a camper.
Barker said seven passengers in the Pinto, including the driver, were killed, and the other passenger in the car was in critical condition at an area hospital.
Barker said a husband and wife who were in the truck were in stable condition at a hospital in Clinton.
County Coroner Zack Seymour said all of the deaths were due to massive head injuries. The victims included CHARLES BAKER, JR., 32, and his sons, CHARLES
"RICKY" BAKER, 14 and CHARLES
"FREDDY" BAKER, 8.
Also killed in the accident were LISA BAKER, 19, the driver of the car; her sister, MARIE BAKER, 14, and brother WILLIAM BAKER, 8. County Coroner Dr. Zach Seymour said he was unsure of their relationship to the other victims.
Also killed was a family friend, 9-year-old BOBBY MALONE of Clinton. Police said he was not related to the BAKERS.
The MALONE youth's sister, JOHNNIE MALONE, 11, was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital. She was in critical condition this morning in the hospital's intensive care unit, according to a nursing supervisor.
The driver of the pickup truck, J.D. SIMMONS, 56, of Moore, and his wife, JOYCE SIMMONS, 39, were taken to Bailey Memorial Hospital in Clinton. They were in good condition this morning, a hospital employee said.
"It was terrible," Barker said about the accident. "It was the worst thing I've ever seen. I've been here for 17 years and I've never seen anything like it. I can't describe it. The glass, metal on the road. The people."
Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1985-03-25