Lyons Creek, MD Head On Collision, June 1954



Owings, Md., (AP) - Eight men and two women died in a flaming head-on auto collision near Lyons Creek early today when one of the cars approached a curve on the crest of a hill in the wrong lane of traffic.
One of the cars, a convertible, was in "full blaze" when Thomas Eozzolo, assistant chief of the North Beach volunteer fire department, arrived on the scene.
The automobiles were so mangled it was difficult at first to determine in which direction either one had been traveling.
All but one of the passengers in the two cars were thrown from the wreckage. The other died in the burning convertible. There were no survivors.

In Wrong Lane.
Police said the vehicle driven by ROBERT E. ABELL, 24, Silver Spring, Md., was in the wrong lane of traffic on Maryland Route 416 and caused the crash. The driver of the other car was CLARENCE M. THOMAS, 34, Olivet, Md.
Other victims in ABELL'S car were identified by police as JOHN P. SCHWEINHOUT, 24, ROBERT LEE SCHWEINHOUT, 20, MILTON E. STOTTIMYER, 20, all of Silver Spring, and an unidentified boy about 19.
Victims in the other car, beside THOMAS, included EARL S. McCREAGY, 24, and MRS. BENJAMIN THOMAS, 55, both of Olivet, and NORMAN T. CAREY and HELEN P. CAREY, 25, both of Baltimore.

Occurs On Route 416.
The crash occurred on Maryland Route 416 in Calvert County, just south of the Anne Arundel County border.
Dr. George Weems, who was at the scene, said one man was found lying near the wreck but was not hurt seriously. He was identified as GORDON BERRY, about 22, of Takoma Park, Md.
A spokesman at the Calvert County Hospital said BERRY had been admitted there but that he was not involved in the fatal accident.
The bodies of all the victims were taken to an Owings funeral home.

Cumberland Evening Times Maryland 1954-06-07