Vineland, NJ Auto And Truck Crash Kills Six, Jul 1957
AUTO-TRUCK CRASH KILLS FAMILY OF 6.
TRACTOR-TRAILER PLOWS INTO CAR IN NEW JERSEY.
Vineland, N.J., July 31 (AP) - A retired farmer and five members of his family - including a 2 1/2 year old grandchild - were killed today as a tractor-trailer truck plowed into their automobile.
The impact of the crash demolished the car from the rear to the dashboard and shoved the six bodies into one bunch. The car was pushed for 100 feet.
State police said the car either stopped or slowed down to make a left turn off Rt. 47 toward the Malaga Methodist Camp Meeting Grounds where the family owned a cottage.
The crash tied up traffic on the double lane highway for hours, with cars backing up a mile in each direction.
Relatives identified the victims as:
ROY PANCOAST, 72;
his wife, 70;
their daughter, MRS. MELISSA B. SCHARFF, 39;
and her husband, PHILIP SCHARFF, 68;
MRS. JOHN T. HEARON, 42, another daughter of the Pancoasts;
and her son, DAVID, 2 1/2. All were from Vineland.
SCHARFF was a glassworker, MRS. SCHARFF was a substitute school teacher and her sister had also taught school.
The driver-owner of the truck, David L. Sickler, 31, of Woodstown, escaped uninjured.
Morning Herald Uniontown Pennsylvania 1957-08-01