Smithfield, VA Two Trucks And Auto Crash, May 1955
FIVE PERSONS DIE IN CRASH.
Smithfield, Va. (UP) - Five members of two families died in a blazing pile-up of two trucks and a car at a highway construction job near Smithfield Wednesday night.
Sheriff W. C. Whitehead said a trailer truck loaded with hogs plowed into a line of cars waiting to pass a stretch of road being resurfaced.
The truck struck a car and shoved it into another trailer truck ahead, he said.
The dead were identified as:
two sisters in the car, MISS OLIVE BRANCH, 58;
and MISS MAY BRANCH, 63, of Smithfield;
and WILLIAM MAXWELL COPELAND of Winfall, N.C.;
and his daughters PASSIC ARRICA, 9, and GERDINE BENNETT, 10, all trapped in the cab of one truck.
"It was the worst thing I ever saw," Coroner Hugh Warren said. "It took us about four hours to get the bodies out."
"Two wreckers pulled the mess off the road and we had to cut it apart with acetylene torches," he said. "That automobile was crushed to about six feet long."
Dead hogs were strewn along the highway.
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