Duncansville, PA Auto And Truck In Crash, Jun 1959



Duncansville, Pa. (AP) - A Williamsburg, Pa., couple and four of their children were killed Monday night when two trucks and their car collided at the foot of a steep bill on Route 22 near this Blair County community. A fifth child was injured.
Those killed were:
WILMER E. HINISH, 34, of 103 Locust St.;
his wife DOROTHY N., 34;
a daughter, SONJA JOAN, 12;
and these sons, ROBERT ZANE, 9; RANDALL CLARK, 6; and WILLIAM DALE, 10 months.

Die In Hospital.
The father and three sons were dead on arrival at Mercy Hospital in Altoona. The mother and daughter died in the hospital. Another son, RODERICK KENT, 4, was listed in satisfactory condition.
Deputy Coroner William Crawford said the HINISH vehicle was moving east on Route 22 when a pickup truck rammed it from behind, forcing it into the westbound lane. The auto then collided head-on with a truck loaded with bags of cement.
The left front wheel of the cement truck smashed through the car. coming to rest on the back seat of the auto.

Lone Survivor.
Neither the driver of the cement truck, Lester Hall of Claysburg, Pa., nor the other truck driver, Theodore McMasters, 35, of Duncansville, R.D. 1, was injured.
When admitted to the hospital RODERICK, the only surviving member of the family, turned to a nurse and said: "I hope my mommy isn't dead." He later asked, "when is my daddy coming up to see me?"

Morning Herald Uniontown Pennsylvania 1959-06-09