Benkelman, NE Truck And Car Collision, Apr 1953

FOUR ARE KILLED IN TRAFFIC CRASH.

CAR SMASHES INTO STALLED TRUCK.

Benkelman, Neb. (AP) -- Four Brush, Colo., persons were killed and a fifth seriously injured early Sunday when their car crashed into the rear of a stalled truck on Highway 34, eight miles west of here.
It was the year's worst automobile accident in Nebraska.
The dead:
ROY H. PUGH, 50, driver of the car.
LOREEN HATHAWAY, 35.
MRS. DORIS ACAR, 35.
MRS. ACAR'S son, RODNEY, 13.
Hospitalized in Benkelman with serious injuries was the car's fifth occupant, DON HORAN, 24, also of Brush.
The group was en route to Franklin, Neb., to the home of Mrs. Acar's mother, Mrs. Earl Pugh, when the car plowed into the rear of the semi-trailer truck operated by FRANCIS D. OSBORNE, Arapahoe, Neb.
OSBORNE was outside the truck, working on the engine. He was thrown clear and not injured.
Flares had been set out and truck lights were on at the time of the midnight crash.
There were no witneses to the mishap.
HORAN is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Horan of Brush. He suffered a skull fracture, possible fractures of both knees, an arm and an ankle.
Unconscious since the crash, he apparently is the only person who can shed light on what happened. Officers were waiting for him to regain consciousness so he could be questioned.
County Attorney Ross D. Drulingerof, Benkelman, called an inquest for late Sunday but later postponed it until Monday.

Billings Gazette Montana 1953-04-27