Addison, NY Three Car Collision Kills Seven, Mar 1963
FIERY AUTO COLLISION KILLS 7 NEAR ADDISON.
Addison (AP) - A fiery three-car collision on a darkened highway killed seven persons including a family of four, near this community in South-Central New York. Three other persons escaped injury.
The toll was one of the largest in a motor-vehicle accident in the state.
One of the vehicles, a station wagon involved in a crash just before midnight last night, burst into flames when its gasoline tank exploded. The three occupants perished.
Two members of the family of four returning from a movie, apparently died in the collision. Two others died later in a hospital.
LEON B. RODEE, 35, of Woodhull, driver of the third car, told the Associated Press how he tried to same some of those trapped in the other cars.
"The driver of the station wagon was still alive when I got to the wreckage," Rodee said. "He was lying on the ground, partially pinned. I couldn't pull him out. His feet were caught."
"I tried the second car. The doors were all locked. Troopers finally had to break the windows to pull the bodies out."
The station wagon occupants were FRANKLIN L. WHITE, 19, of Rathbone, and ERNEST DEWEY, 20, and CHARLES SORBER, 21, both of Painted Post.
The family comprised ERVIE ALLEN, of nearby Cameron Mills, his wife, FRANCES, 55, and their daughters, MARCIA, 23, and ALETHEA, 15.
State police said MRS. ALLEN and her daughters were riding in the front seat wearing seat belts. The belts did not break, troopers said, but the three were crushed by the cars engine.
Police said the station wagon crossed into the opposite lane of Route 17, sideswiped RODEE'S car and crashed head-on with the ALLEN car. The highway is a main east-west route along New York's southern border.
RODEE was accompanied by his wife, ANNETTE, and her sister, MRS. BETTY LOU ARNETT, 24, of Painted Post. None were hurt.
The accident was the second this month in the state in which seven persons were killed. A bus driver and six passengers perished March 4 when a bus plunged into a river at New York City's Welfare Island.
On Dec. 25, 1959, eight persons were killed near Haverstraw when an automobile struck a bridge abutment.
The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1963-03-24