Eau Claire, WI Three Car Crash Kills 5, Nov 1958

5 KILLED IN CRASH NEAR EAU CLAIRE.

TRAGEDY ON FOUR-LANE HIGHWAY.

(By The Associated Press)
A three-car crash on a super-highway near Eau Claire Saturday night killed five persons - three of them members of one family - as weekend traffic accidents in Wisconsin claimed 12 lives.
In the three car crash, two of the autos collided head-on on a one-way section of Highway 53, a four-lane, divided super-road. The scene of the crash was six miles north of Eau Claire.
Killed in the wreck were:
FLOYD WOOLEY, SR., 51, of Eau Claire;
his wife, THELMA, 45;
their son, FLOYD WOOLEY, JR., 22;
DARYOLD EVERSON, 21, of Eleva;
and PHILLIP CHRISTIANSON, 23, of Osseo.
Injured were DORIS SMITH, 18, of Chippewa Falls; RICHARD LOREK, 30, of Eau Claire;
and DONALD WOOLEY, 12, son of the senior WOOLEYS. The girl was listed in fair condition at an Eau Claire hospital as was the WOOLEY boy.
LOREK, alone in the third car, was released after treatment at an Eau Claire hospital.

Chippewa County police quoted LOREK as saying he was traveling north when the WOOLEY car passed him at a moderate speed, but then apparently struck something in the road. LOREK'S car hit the rear of the WOOLEY auto.
Then LOREK said, it appeared that the car driven by CHRISTIANSON turned from a side road and started south on the northbound lanes. The WOOLEY and CHRISTIANSON autos collided head-on.

The La Crosse Tribune Wisconsin 1958-11-17