Grants Pass, OR Head On Collision, Aug 1956
HEAD-ON COLLISION KILLS FIVE CALIFORNIANS NEAR GRANTS PASS THURSDAY.
Grants Pass, Ore. (AP) - A head-on collision killed five California vacationers and injured seriously the other three members of their group, headed by highway for Alaska, Thursday.
Their carry-all truck collided with a big freight truck on a long, winding curve of the Pacific Highway, two miles east of Grants Pass, about 6 a.m.
The impact smashed the Californians' smaller vehicle and tossed it into a roadside ditch. The front end of the truck also was crumpled, but the driver escaped with bruises.
The dead were identified as:
LESLIE N. SIMONSEN, about 50, Walnut Creek, Calif.;
ROBERT FRANCIS JACQUEMIN, 21, San Pablo;
ROBERT HOSELTON, 14, of Concord;
JOHN DUBOIS, 16, of Concord;
and DAVID CHAMBERLAIN BRINKLEY, 17, of Berkeley.
The three injured were brought to a hospital here. They were:
HAROLD (SUNNY) TREPHAGNIER, 16, of Concord;
GERALD C. CLOUGH, 16, of Concord;
and JAMES WEBSTER, 14, of Concord.
The freight truck driver, who was headed south for Medford, was ED JONES, Portland, a driver for the Pierce Freight Lines, Inc.
This was the second multiple death crash on the Pacific Highway route through the mountains of Southern Oregon recently. Four
were killed in a head-on collision north of Grants Pass July 15.
Jones said the California vehicle suddenly swerved into the path of his truck, barely missing a car in front of him.
News-Review Roseburg Oregon 1956-08-09