Cleveland, OH (near) Truck And Auto Collision, Nov 1962
SIX TEACHERS DIE IN GRINDING CRASH OF TRUCK AND AUTO.
Cleveland, Ohio (AP) -- The death of six Akron school teachers whose car was virtually flattened in a collision with a big truck was called a tragic loss Saturday by MARTIN ESSEX, superintendent of Akron schools.
Five of the women killed in the grinding crash on the Willow Freeway south of Cleveland taught at David Hill Elementary School. They had attended sessions of the North Eathern Ohio Teachers Association here.
The victims were identified as:
MRS. LOIS C. LEWIS, 41.
MRS. MILDRED WHITED, 62.
MRS. CATHERINE WILLIAMSON, 52.
MRS. C. EDITH MILLER, 67.
MRS. JULIA ANN JOHNSON, 57.
MRS. FRANCES T. SLOCUM, 57, owner of the car.
MRS. JOHNSON taught at Voris Elementary School.
The tragedy wiped out nearly one-fifth of the teaching staff of 27 at David Hill. Except for MRS. SLOCUM, who was in her second year of teaching, all were veterans. MRS. JOHNSON had taught for 33 years, MRS. WHITED 24 years.
HAROLD D. FOSS, principal at David Hill, said he did not know whether there would be classes at the school Monday. ESSEX said in his "long association with the schools, this is the most tragic development I have ever known."
Cuyahoga Heights Police Chief FRANK BARTCZAK said the truck crossed a 34-foot dividing strip on the freeway half a mile north of Ohio 17, brushed two other cars, then rammed the car carrying the teachers. The truck cab went over the top of the car, grinding it down against the ground. The car's windshield was hurled into a fourth car.
JUSTIN J. GEDRAITES, 35, of Cleveland, driver of the truck, suffered head injuries, but his condition was reported as good in the prison ward at Metropolitan Hospital. No charges were filed.
Drivers of the two sideswiped cars were shaken up but were not injured. They were identified as JOHN APPELDORN, 22, of Cuyahoga Falls, and EBERHARD SCHUCK, 27, of Cleveland.
The News And Tribune Jefferson City Missouri 1962-11-04