Wausau, WI Two Auto Collision, Jul 1956

CAR CRASH ON NEW HIGHWAY TAKES 5 LIVES.

By The Associated Press.
A spectacular but unexplained collision of two automobiles on a northern Wisconsin super-highway completed for traffic only Friday, took five lives today.
Marathon County authorities could find no witnesses to the crash on Highway 51, six miles north of Wausau, on a stretch of the renovated road that is 48 feet - four lanes - wide.
The five dead were identified by authorities as:
FRANCIS J. PFEFFER, 22, of 108 S. Prospect, Champaign, Ill.;
HELEN M. PFEFFER, 24, his wife;
FRANCIS E. PFEFFER, 53, his father;
MRS. FRANCIS E. PFEFFER, 56, his mother;
MRS. HELEN OSMANSKI, 5456 N. New England Ave., Chicago.

In Serious Condition.
In addition, MISS MARY PFEFFER, 19, and MRS. OSMANSKI'S husband, STANLEY, 47, were in serious condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Wausau.
Traffic police said the PFEFFER car apparently was southbound, but the direction of the OSMANSKI car could not be determined. Both vehicles were demolished.

Oshkosh Northwestern Wisconsin 1956-07-28

WAUSAU CRASH DEATH TOTAL REACHES SIX.

Wausau, Wis., Aug. 3 (AP) - A two-car collision on a clear stretch of newly improved highway near Wausau Saturday claimed its sixth victim today. The death of STANLEY OSMANSKI, 47, Chicago, in St. Mary's Hospital, Wausau, raised Wisconsin's 1956 highway death toll to 546 compared with 451 on this date a year ago.
The lone survivor of the Wausau crash, 19-year-old MISS MARY PFEFFER, of Champaign, Ill., was reported improving at St. Mary's Hospital.
OSMANSKI'S wife, HELEN, 43, and four members of the PFEFFER family were killed in the wreck on Highway 51, six miles north of Wausau.

Decatur Herald Illinois 1956-08-04