Wilmington, NC Tanker Truck And Auto Crash, Jan 1955

5 DIE IN WILMINGTON CRASH.

TANKER AND CAR MEET HEAD ON.

Wilmington - (AP) - Five Andrews, S.C., men were killed today in an automobile-tanker collision near here.
Dr. Fred Coleman, Wilmington coroner, identified the dead, all passengers of the car as:
JAMES ALTON GLISSON;
HENRY LONG;
HUBERT KIRTON;
JUNIOR CASSELMAN;
and LARIS CASSELMAN.
The five were members of a woods road crew of the International Paper Co., an unidentified paper company mechanic who happened along after the crash told police.
When police arrived the truck and the car were jammed together with the windshield of the car a few inches away from the front bumper of the truck.
Witnesses said the car was a total loss.
Sgt. A. H. Clark of the State Highway Patrol said it appeared that the southbound tanker, driven by LESTER TEAT ALFORD of Wendell, had been signaled to turn off the road to the left by the driver of a parked truck.
The car, headed north, and the truck apparently met head-on observers said.
THe driver of the parked truck, William G. Stevens of Apex, an eyewitness to the crash said, "He (Alford) never saw the car until he busted him open."
Alford had no comment. Police said the accident happened about dawn.
Dr. Coleman said an inquest has been set for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Wilmington.
The driver of the tanker and a passenger, Thomas S. Mangum of Apex were uninjured. Alford was driving for Apex Motor Lines of Apex.
The steering column of the car was bent upright by the impact of the crash and the motor was jammed to the floorboard.
The crash occurred about five miles northwest of Wilmington on Highway 421.

Gastonia Gazette North Carolina 1955-01-10