Oxford, PA Two Car Collision Kills Five, Jul 1956
FIVE KILLED IN OXFORD CRASH
STATION WAGON AND SEDAN COLLIDE ON FOG-SHROUDED U.S. HIGHWAY 1.
Oxford, Pa., July 7. - Five persons were killed, including two young children, in a shattering two-car head-on crash before dawn today on fog-shrouded U.S. Highway 1, near Oxford.
The violent collision involved a station wagon carrying six persons and an auto driven by a 17-year-old boy.
State Police at the Avondale barracks made this tentative identification of the dead:
ERNEST GEORGE WILLIAMS, 47, of either 424 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. or 155 W. 164th St., Bronx, N.Y.;
JUANITA E. REESE, about 30, 562 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.;
EARL SHIELDS, 17, 33 Summits Ave., Oxford;
a boy 10, and a girl 13.
Two other children reportedly under 10, and identified only as "CHARLES" and "SHIRLEY" were reported in a semi-conscious condition at nearby Coatesville Hospital.
State police said SHIELDS, alone in his car, was heading west toward Oxford in an area where the fog apparently was close to the ground.
In their reconstruction of the mishap, police said SHIELDS' auto swerved to the left and smashed into the WILLIAMS' car with shattering force.
The wreckage of the 4:30 a.m. crash was strewn more than 75 feet along the highway.
The occupants of the WILLIAMS' car were all Negroes.
Police said that a check of papers found in the WILLIAMS car showed that the REESE woman had been arrested yesterday in a North Carolina town - which the police didn't name - on a charge of operating a vehicle without a license. WILLIAMS, police said, was fined for permitting her to drive the car.
Plain Speaker Hazleton Pennsylvania 1956-07-07