Tacoma, WA Auto Crashes On Bridge, Oct 1951
7 PERSONS DIE IN FLAMING CAR.
Tacoma, Wash. - (AP) - Seven persons, one of them a newly born infant, were killed Friday night in the flaming crash of their car into a bridge curbing.
The dead were identified as:
WILLIE B. CROLEY, 36, and his wife, ANN, 42.
MRS. EMABELLE JOHNSON, 37, whose child was born and died in the accident.
ROBERTA PROBY, who moved here from Kansas City three months ago.
JOE BARNES, of Tacoma, and JAMES MARSHALL.
Pierce County Coroner Frank James said the infant apparently was born during the accident. He said the child normally would not have been born for another month.
Witnesses said the car smashed into the curbing at a point where the bridge narrows, burst into flames immediately and catapulted end over end on down the bridge. It finally stopped 229 feet away.
Several motorists were on the scene at once, but flames prevented them from making rescue attempts. Witnesses said they heard outcries from inside the car. Officers said one of the men apparently crawled through the windshield and died a few feet from the car. The other bodies were inside.
The Eugene Guard Oregon 1951-10-27