Salt Lake City, UT Two Car Crash Kills Five, Mar 1956



Salt Lake City (AP) - Five persons were killed and four others injured seriously today in the blazing wreckage of two automobiles which collided, then hurtled into a service station, shearing off the gasoline pump.
Sheriff George Beckstead said the accident occurred as a speeding station wagon smashed into the rear of another car, traveling in the same direction.
Rescuers used torches to cut the charred steel frame of the station wagon in order to reach the bodies.
The accident occurred on U.S. 91, just south of Salt Lake City.
Beckstead said the station wagon apparently was traveling at a high rate of speed. He said that the passenger car was hurtled 195 feet when the wagon struck it.
The station wagon smashed into a fuel pump at the service station, breading it off. Gasoline flowed unchecked from the pump into the car and the vehicle burst into flames.
The fire spread quickly to the service station, also destroying it. The flames also burned the passenger car but its three occupants managed to escape.
Only the driver of the station wagon survived. Beckstead identified him as NORMAN BREEZE of Salt Lake City. Attendants at the Salt Lake County General Hospital said his condition is serious.
The hospital identified the others as GERALDINE LOGANA of Murray, MATT BILJANTI of Midvale, and WALLACE LUCAS of Salt Lake City. Their ages were estimated at 21 to 23. The dead were not identified immediately.
Several Salt Lake County fire department firemen were injured in fighting the blaze but none was believed hurt seriously.

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