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Cline’s Corners, NM Route 66 Auto Collision, May 1941

From Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM, Saturday, 24 May 1941, page 1, col. 5 :

3 Seriously Hurt in Highway Crash

Cars Collide Head-On Near Cline’s Corners

Three men were seriously injured Friday in a head-on automobile collision near Cline’s Corners, about 60 miles east of Albuquerque on Highway 66.

Believed most seriously injured was Edward HAM[B]LIN, [Jr.,] Woodward, Okla., who suffered a brain concussion and remained unconscious Friday night. Howard [Wadsworth] PATTON, also of Woodward and riding with HAM[B]LIN, suffered fractures of his right arm and leg and possible internal injures. Louis [Bransford] McWHIRTER [Jr.], Los Angeles, traveling alone in the other car, suffered chest injuries.

State Police Capt. Jack NICHOLS said the two automobiles met head-on in the center of the road. He blamed the fog, which he said was so thick “you couldn't see 10 feet ahead.”

The force of the impact drove the motor of McWHIRTER’s coupe back under the seat and jammed the radiator almost against the windshield, Capt. NICHOLS said. The other car was almost as badly damaged.

The injured were brought to St. Joseph’s Hospital by a FRENCH ambulance.

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From Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM, Monday, 25 May 1941, page 8, col. 5 :

Accident Claims Second Victim

Los Angeles Man Dies After Highway 66 Crash

Louis McWHIRTER, Los Angeles, died Sunday night in St. Joseph’s Hospital, the second victim of a head-on collision Friday near Cline’s Corners on Highway 66.

Edward HAMBLIN, Woodward, Okla., died Saturday of injuries suffered in the same accident. Howard PATTON, Woodward, riding with HAMBLIN, remained in a critical condition Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The crash was the first of two in two days on the stretch of
highway. Three California men escaped serious injury Saturday when the car in which they were riding left the road, struck a guard rail post and turned over two miles west of Barton.

Leo KNOEZER, Altadena, Cal., driver of the car that overturned Saturday, was released from St. Joseph’s Hospital here after the surgeon took several stitches in a severe head wound. The other occupants, neither of whom was injured, were J. V. McCREARY, Altadena, and Bob VANDER VEEN of Pasadena.

Struck Soft Shoulder

KNOEZER told Sergt. William AKINS of the State Police that in meeting another car he was crowded off the pavement. He lost control of the car, he said, when the wheels struck a soft shoulder.

KNOEZER was brought here in a STRONG - THORNE ambulance.

The car was badly damaged.

The body of HAMBLIN, victim of Friday’s head-on collision, was accompanied to his home in Woodward, Okla., Saturday night by his wife and daughter, Belly Lou HAMBLIN, who had come here from Woodward.

The crash was attributcd to heavy fog.

Besides his wife and daughter who came here, HAMBLIN is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Marcela HAAS of Memphis, Tenn., and Mrs. Ruth SKAGGS of Shattuck. Okla.. and a son, John Edward HAMBLIN of Woodward.

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From Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM, Tuesday, 27 May 1941, page 5, col. 3 :

Surviving Accident Victim’s Condition Reported Improved

Howard PATTON, sole survivor of a collision Friday which has claimed two lives, was reported slightly improved Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was critically injured in a head-on collision near Cline’s Corners, about 60 miles east of Albuquerque on Highway 66.

Edward HAMBLIN, Woodward, Okla., died Saturday and Louis B. McWHIRTER, Los Angeles, died Sunday.

McWHIRTER, 59, was a salesman for the Lockheed Aircraft Co. Survivors include a half-sister and half-brother, Mrs. Gail KENNEDY, Amhurst, Mass., and Dr.
Houston PETERSON, New York City, and an uncle, W. O. BLASINGAME, Fresno, Cal. The body probably will be sent to Fresno for funeral services. The FRENCH Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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From Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM, Thursday, 29 May 1941, page 4, col. 5 :

Survivor of Car Crash Continues to Improve

Slight, but continued, improvement was reported at St. Joseph’s Hospital Wednesday night in the condition of Howard PATTON, Woodward, Okla., the only survivor of a head-on auto crash Friday in which two men were injured fatally.

Those killed in the accident which occurred about 60 miles east of here on Highway 66, were Edward HAMBLIN, also of Woodward, and Louis B. McWHIRTER, Los Angeles, driver of the other car.

The body of McWHIRTER was sent Tuesday to Fresno, Cal., for burial.

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From Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM, Sun, 8 June 1941, page 11, col. 6 :

Rites Are Pending For Crash Victim

Oklahoma Attorney Succumbs to Injuries

Funeral arrangements for Howard W. PATTON, Woodward, Okla., who died Saturday from injuries received two weeks ago in a collision on Highway 66 near Cline’s Corners, Saturday night awaited the arrival of a brother, Clifford PATTON, also of Woodward.

Mr. PATTON, 62, was the third victim of the accident.

He was an attorney and a Federal referee in bankruptcy, and was president of the Woodward Kiwanis Club and a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Masons and the Elks.

Surviving are his wife, who is here; a daughter, Kathryn, of Oklahoma City, who visited her father at St. Joseph’s Hospital a week ago; a sister, Mrs. Harvey THOMPSON of Memphis, Tenn.; and his brother.

The STRONG - THORNE Mortuary will announce funeral arrangements.



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