Slovan, PA Auto Crashes Into Tree, Mar 1959
MISHAP NEAR SLOVAN FATAL TO 5 IN CAR.
U.S. 40, ROUTE 18 ACCIDENTS HAPPENED JUST 2 HOURS APART.
Washington, Pa. (AP) - An auto ran off a highway and smashed against a tree near the town of Slovan early today, killing all five occupants.
Two hours and 10 minutes earlier a head-on collision on U.S. 40, a half-mile east of Washington, killed two persons and injured five others.
Killed in the Slovan crash were:
REYMOND AYERS, JR., 21;
his wife, MARY, 20;
their two children, DOLLY, about 5, and ROBERT, about 8 months;
and AYERS' sister, HAZEL.
State police said the AYERS lived at 2483 West 5th St., Cleveland, Ohio, and apparently were returning home after visiting relatives in Shinstown, W. Va., where they formerly lived.
Officers said the car operated by AYERS failed to negotiate a sharp curve and ran off the highway and rammed against a tree. The car was demolished. The crash occurred about 2 a.m. on Route 18 about 16 miles north of Washington.
The crash east of Washington claimed the lives of WALTER W. BOSWELL, 56, chief deputy recorder of deeds for Washington (Pa.) County, and MISS GERALDINE SWEAD, 21, of 2774 East 120th St., Cleveland, Ohio.
MISS SWEAD was a passenger in the auto driven by her mother, STELLA, 41. MRS. SWEAD suffered a leg fracture and other injuries.
Others hurt were PATTY SWEAD, 17; JO ANN WOJEK, 21, of Wolfdale, Pa.; Boswell's nephew HAROLD R. BOSWELL, 43, of Washington, and GERALD SNYDER, 18, also of Washington. All were admitted to Washington Hospital. The Washington crash happened only minutes before midnight.
Evening Review East Liverpool Ohio 1959-03-28