Waynesboro, PA Four Killed In Auto Crash, Sep 1960
4 COUNTY YOUTHS ARE KILLED IN PA. CRASH.
TROOPERS CHASE BOYS 90 MPH.
5th BOY INJURED; THREE DEAD FROM SABILLASVILLE, OTHER OF LANTZ.
Four Frederick County boys met violent deaths this morning when the speeding car in which they were riding rocketed along a Pennsylvania highway with police in pursuit and ended up wrapped around a tree.
DAVID EUGENE BUHRMAN, 18, of Sabillasville.
CHARLES WILSON EYLER, 17, of Sabillasville.
KENNETH CHARLES LANTZ, 19, of Sabillasville.
CHARLES EDGAR KUHN, 20, of Lantz.
A fifth boy riding in the death car, JOHN G. HALEY, 22, of Baltimore, escaped with his life but suffered a broken left leg. He is at the Waynesboro, Pa., Hospital, reported in satisfactory condition.
Pennsylvania State Police said the car in which the boys were riding was traveling about 90 miles per hour as it sped along Route 16 about two miles east of Waynesboro.
Franklin County Coroner, Dr. John P. Manges said the four youths were probably killed instantly as he pronounced them dead at the scene.
Police said that all four had received fractured skulls.
According to the police report, the automobile, a 1958 Pontiac convertible, driven by KUHN was traveling east on Route 16 attempting to get away from the night police patrol when the car skidded off the right side of the highway as it rounded a slight curve.
Police said the road was wet and as the car skidded several hundred yards, it hit a utility pole broadside and continued on and wrapped completely around a big elm tree.
It was reported that police worked for an hour and 40 minutes to free the bodies from the wreckage. The four dead boys were reportedly pinned in the wreckage while HALEY, who was riding in the right front, was thrown from the wrecked vehicle.
Police reportedly chased the speeding car until the troopers lost sight of the vehicle. It was explained that the troopers passed the scene of the wreck without noticing the crash because when the convertible struck the tree, a big limb broke off and covered the smashed wreckage.
The tree which finally stopped the speeding automobile was located near the residence of the Eugene Monn family. The collision awakened the Monns who immediately called police. The accident happened about 3 a.m.
The troopers then turned their cruiser around after being notified of the wreck and then located the scene of the crash.
According to police, Troopers Milton Brown and Robert Filer of the Waynesboro barracks were in pursuit of the speeding vehicle.
Pennsylvania State Police said this was one of the worst accidents recorded in that area in some time.
The bodies of LANTZ, KUHN and BUHRMAN have been removed to the M. L. Creager and Son funeral home in Thurmont while the body of young EYLER is at the Wilson funeral home in Fairfield, Pa.
Survivors and arrangements will be announced.
The News Frederick Maryland 1960-09-10