Carmel, IN Three Car Accident Kills Six, Sep 1964

WORST TRAFFIC CRASH OF YEAR IN INDIANA KILLS SIX NEAR CARMEL.

By The Associated Press.
Six persons died late Friday north of Indianapolis in a three-car collision, the worst traffic accident in Indiana this year.
The fatalities included four members of one family plus a mother and her infant son. Five persons were injured, and the driver of one car escaped injury.
Killed were:
JAMES PIERCE, Box 40, Westfield.
PIERCE'S daughter, JO SHANNON PIERCE, 16, Box 40, Westfield.
PIERCE'S daughter, MRS. EUGENA FREEMAN, 19, Carmel.
MRS. FREEMAN'S daughter, DEBORAH JANE, 3.
MRS. SHEILA BURLESON, 28, Lawrence.
MRS. BURLESON'S son, WILLIAM C., 5 months.
Injured were:
CHARLES BURLESON, 30, Lawrence, husband of Sheila, critical condition.
BURLESON'S son, ROYCE, 18 months, good condition.
MRS. JUANITA HEDRICK, 21, Lawrence, Mrs. Burleson's sister, serious condition.
MRS. JOAN CLIFFORD, 35, and her daughter, JANET SUE, 14 months, who were in Pierce's car.
State police said a car driven by Helen Claudia Heiny, 19, Carmel, was turning left from Ind. 431 one-half mile south of Carmel. An oncoming auto driven by Pierce struck the front of her car, slid halfway around and was struck broadside by Burleson's car.
State troopers said no seat belts were in the cars, and had they been, there only would have been two fatalities and much less injury. The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m.
State police said Indiana's worst previous crash this year killed five persons on the Indiana Toll Road on May 5.

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