New Castle, PA Head On Crash Kills 7, May 1956


New Castle, Pa. (AP) - Five members of an Ohio family and two New Castle men were killed last night in a head-on auto crash 10 miles west of here.
Three of the five children who survived were reported in critical condition today.
At Harrisburg, the Bureau of Highway Safety said the New Castle crash did not set a new record for the number of persons killed in one crash. The records show that up to 12 persons have met death in a one traffic crash.
MR. and MRS. ROBERT MARKWELL of Niles, Ohio, were returning to their home with their eight children after a Mother's Day visit with Mrs. Markwell's mother Mrs. Clara Collidge of Tarentum, Pa.
MARKWELL, a 38-year-old steel-worker, was killed instantly. So was his 33-year-old wife DOROTHY, who was expecting a ninth child in two weeks.
The MARKWELL children killed were MARY, 15; RUTHANNE, 12; and WILLIAM, 8.
The other MARKWELL children and their injuries: SUSAN, 2, both hips broken; TOMMY, 3, severe forehead laceration; ROBERT, 6, broken left hip; DOROTHY, 13, possible skull fracture and both hips broken; CECILIA, 7, deep shock.
State police said ALLEN M. FITZPATRICK, 30, driver of the car which collided with the MARKWELL car, died instantly. His passenger, ROSCOE WILLIAMS, 30, died three hours after the crash.
State police said the autos "practically disintegrated on impact." Pfc. Arnold Fonesca said: "Both cars apparently pulled out into the center lane of the highway at the same time to make passes. They met with such terrific impact that FITZPATRICK'S car flew right up into the air ... it landed on top of the car it was passing. The car was damaged but its driver wasn't hurt."

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