Westmoreland, CA Car And Truck Crash, Apr 1939

SEVEN KILLED IN THE CRASH OF CAR-TRUCK.

Westmoreland, Calif., April 6. - (AP) - A motorist's attempt to avoid a piece of metal on the highway was blamed today by Deputy Coroner Herbert Hughes for the deaths last night of seven persons in an automobile-truck crash. The victims all were occupants of the automobile and residents of Westmoreland.
Hughes said the car was demolished as it struck a lettuce truck operated by MRS. KATHERINE SARAH SHELBY of Artesia, Calif. She, her husband, VAN SHELBY, and NORMAN McCOWEN were injured, but officials said they probably would recover.
SHELBY was badly burned on the hands as he dragged his wife from the truck, which caught fire.
Hughes said MRS. SHELBY told him the car was driving toward her truck at high speed when it swerved suddenly to the wrong side of the road, then crashed head-on.
The victims were:
L. D. HURLEY, 36, identified by Mr. Hughes as the driver;
GEORGE A. KERR, 68;
MARSHALL R. NULL, 54;
RUBEN LOPEZ, 34;
H. R. WHITMAN, 37, who came here recently from Winslow, Ariz.;
MRS. ESTELLA HENRY, 50, and her daughter, MRS. JEAN HENRY MILLIGAN, 24.

Weekly Pioneer-Times Deadwood South Dakota 1939-04-06