Tuscola, IL Two Car Collision Kills Five, Jul 1956


Tuscola, July 9 (Staff) - Five persons died in a two-car collision three miles south of Tuscola at 12:30 p.m. yesterday. Three were Monticello residents.
A 12-year-old boy was critically injured and a witness to the accident, a passenger in a third car, suffered a heart attack.
Pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Route 45 were:
NORMAN E. OAKLEY, 19, of Monticello, driver of one car;
MRS. ALICE OAKLEY, 18, his wife;
STANLEY PETTIS, 14, Mrs. Oakley's brother;
MRS. BETTY LANKFORD, 38, of Argo, driver of the second car;
MRS. BERTHA N. WOOD, of Hickman, Ky., mother of Mrs. Lankford.
Critically injured and a patient in Jarman Hospital here is TOMMY TUCKER, 12, son of Mrs. Lankford. His condition today was "poor."
MRS. ELSIE TINGLEY, 45, of Mattoon, a passenger in a third car, driven by her husband, REUBEN, suffered a heart attack and is a patient in Jarman Hospital. Her condition today was "improved."
The TINGLEY car had run out of gas and was stopped on the highway. Douglas County Sheriff James Rice said the TINGLEY car was only grazed when the other two cars collided.
The accident happened when the southbound OAKLEY car came up behind the stalled TINGLEY car and started to pass it, according to Sheriff Rice.
MR. OAKLEY apparently saw the northbound LANKFORD car approaching and tried to turn back into the southbound lane but was hit broadside by the LANKFORD car.
The three passengers in the OAKLEY car, a convertible, were thrown out. MRS. LANKFORD, MRS. WOOD and TOMMY TUCKER were pinned inside their car, which came to rest on top of the convertible.
The OAKLEY couple was married in April and MR. OAKLEY was a June graduate from Monticello High School.
Mr. Oakley was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Morton Oakley of Monticello. He leaves his parents and four brothers, Maurice, Charles, Larry and John, all of Monticello.
Parents of Mrs. Oakley and Stanley Pettis are Mr. and Mrs. Clinton E. Waltermire of Arwood.
All the bodies are in the Waddington Funeral Home in Tuscola. Mrs. Lankford's body will be sent to Hickman, Ky., and Mrs. Wood's body will be sent to Fulton, Ky.
Dr. J. V. Fishel, of Arcola, Douglas County deputy coroner, will hold an inquest at 7:30 (CDT) today in the supervisors room of the Douglas County Courthouse here.

Decatur Daily Review Illinois 1956-07-09