Fairbanks, AK Automobile Accident, July 1951
1 DEAD, 3 HURT IN ACCIDENT.
SECOND FATAL WRECK IN 8 DAYS OCCURS NEAR MILE 7 ON HIGHWAY.
SPEEDING AUTOMOBILE CAREENS OFF ROAD, ROLLS MORE THAN 100 FEET, THREE GI'S SUFFER BROKEN BONES, INTERNAL INJURIES.
One Eielson Air Force Base serviceman was killed and three others injured in an auto accident about 6 1/2 miles south of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway this morning.
The dead man was identified as SFC LEROY C. TICE. SFC ROBERT STEPHANS, CPL. CECIL LEE MADISON and PVT. DONALD G. NEWTON were seriously injured in the accident.
The men were traveling south in a 1950 Oldsmobile when the car plunged off the blacktop, tumbled 140 feet in the ditch, bouncing at intervals of forty to fifth feet, before coming to a rest. The front end of the automobile was badly smashed.
A wrist watch found in the wreckage had stopped at 4:43 indicating the time of the fatal accident.
Two Ladd Air Force base servicemen, Master Sergeant Kenneth Staley and Staff Sergeant Edward Morris were first to arrive at the scene of the accident. They told highway patrolmen that the car had passed them at 3-Mile going south at an estimated speed of 75 to 80 miles per hour.
When they arrived at the wreckage they said TICE was moving his legs, so apparently death was not instant. All three passengers in the vehicle were suffering from shock.
Staley and Morris immediately called the Ladd ambulance which arrived shortly afterward and rushed the car occupants to the Ladd hospital.
Hit Nose Down.
Measurements show that the car went off the right side of the highway hitting nose down into one of several piles of sand about 55 feet distant from the road.
The car finally stopped about 15 feet from the edge of the blacktop. Highway patrol said it was difficult to determine what happened to the car after it hit the first sand pile. It could have somersaulted, and possibly tumbled an additional 95 feet.
All three injured men suffered head lacerations in the wreck, PFC. STEPHANS had a broken leg and PRIVATE NEWTON'S left arm was broken. CORPORAL MADISON is reported to be suffering from possible internal injuries.
At the present time the driver of the car is unknown although TICE, the owner, is believed to have been at the wheel.
The Alaska highway patrol said today that the wrecked automobile would be displayed at highway patrol headquarters in South Fairbanks.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Alaska 1951-07-17