Owings, MD Auto Collision, June 1954

10 KILLED IN AUTOS CRASH.

HORRIBLE ACCIDENT IN MARYLAND.

Owings, Md., June 7 (AP) -- Eight men and two women died in a flaming head-on auto collision near Lyons Creek early today when one of the cars approached a curve on the crest of a hill in the wrong land of traffic.
One of the cars, a convertible, was in "full blaze" when Thomas Eozzolo, assistant chief of the North Beach volunteer fire department, arrived on the scene.
The automobiles were so mangled it was difficult at first to determine in which direction either one had been traveling.
All but one of the passengers in the two cars were thrown from the wreckage. The other died in the burning convertible. There were no survivors.
Police said the vehicle driven by ROBERT E. ABELL, 24, Silver Springs, Md., was in the wrong lane of traffic on Maryland Route 416 and caused the crash. The driver of the other car was CLARENCE M. THOMAS, 34, Olivet, Md.
Other victims in ABELL'S car were identified by police as:
JOHN SCHWEINHOUT, 24.
ROBERT LEE SCHWEINHOUR, 20.
MILTON E. STOTTLMYER, 20, all of Silver Springs, and an unidentified boy about 19.
Victims in the other car, beside THOMAS, included:
EARL S. McCREAGY, 24.
MRS. BENJAMIN THOMAS, 55, both of Olivet.
NORMAN T. CAREY, 25.
HELEN P. CAREY, 25, both of Baltimore.

Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1954-06-07