LaGrange, PA Auto and Truck Collision, June 1937
11 INJURED WHEN AUTO GOES OVER BANK ALONG TRAIL.
MOTOR CAR LOCKS WITH SMALL TRUCK TRAVELING IN SAME DIRECTION AND SKIDS AS IT BREAKS LOOSE.
Eleven persons were injured and three others escaped last night when a passenger automobile, carrying eight Bernice persons, and a small truck operated by a Duryea man, locked while traveling in the same direction and broke loose with a skid that sent the crowded passenger car over a 20-foot embankment, a mile west of LaGrange on Sullivan Trail.
All of the eight persons in the car were injured, three of them seriously.
THOMAS COLLINS, JR., 25, operator, bruises.
his wife, MARY, 25, fractured skull.
MRS. BERNARD CALAMAN, 35, lacerations.
MRS. MARTENELLI, 25, bruises.
her daughter, RAMONA, 9, fractured skull.
MR. and MRS. FRANK PIRRETINO, both about 40, bruises.
their son, ROCCO, 7, fractured skull.
All were admitted to Scranton State Hospital.
Occupants of the truck were BARNEY WALUSKAS, of Duryea, operator; his wife and four children, REGINA, 15; LEONARD, 9; AMELIA and FLORENCE, both children.
According to Patrolman N. G. Huxson, of Tunkhannock Detail of Highway Patrol, the three youngest WALUSKAS children were riding on a box in the body of the truck and were thrown to the pavement when the truck overturned. They suffered slight bruises and were treated at the scene.
The patrolman said the truck pulled out of line to make a pass and at the same time COLLINS turned his car out of line to follow the truck. Both were traveling in the same direction.
Truck Body Pierces Auto's.
Wreckage of the vehicles shows that the side of the truck body entered the body of the passenger car. The patrolman said the passenger car and the truck locked when the truck body pierced the right side of the passenger car.
Both vehicles, it is believed traveled for some feet locked and then skidded when the truck, crashing into the key post of a traffic safety fence, forced the passenger car, already on the shoulder of the left side of the highway, to swerve over the edge of the embankment.
Wilkes Barre Record Pennsylvania 1937-06-14