Lafayette, IN Two Car Crash Kills Five, Dec 1957


By United Press
A five-fatality crash, the worst in six weeks, today boosted Indiana's weekend traffic death toll to at least 13.
The costly two-car smashup east of Lafayette late Sunday was the fifth in Hoosierland this year claiming as many as five lives. And three survivors were listed in critical condition.
State Police said the crash occurred on Ind. 26 when an automobile driven by JOHN McCLOUD, 22, Lafayette, went out of control, swerved across the center line and skidded broadside into a car driven by LEROY AYERS, 52, Frankfort.
McCLOUD, his brother JACK, 24, Monitor, and MRS. VIRGINIA ROWAN, 48, Frankfort, were killed instantly. KEITH WEAVER, 26, Lafayette, and MRS. MARGARET AYERS, 50, Frankfort, wife of one of the drivers, died a few hours later in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette.
AYERS, EUGENE WATERS, 24, Lafayette, and HARRY ROWAN, 49, Frankfort, husband of one of the dead, remained "critical."

The Times Hammond Indiana 1957-12-23