Various Locations, VA Traffic Accidents, May 1955

5 PERSONS KILLED IN ROUTE 1 CRASH.

SPOTSYLVANIA COLLISION SENDS VA. TOLL TO 286.

By The Associated Press.
Virginia's 1955 highway fatality toll spurted to 286 Saturday with the deaths of eight persons, five of them in Virginia's second five-death collision in three days.
The victims were:
ROBERT KILGORE COX, 73, of Gate City in Scott County;
DONALD G. STEFFENSON, 25, of Nokesville in Prince William County;
GORDON JOHNSON, 70, of Tazewell;
MARGERY S. SNYDER, of Washington;
IVA L. JONES, of Washington;
CATHERINE HANLEIN, of Washington;
JOSEPH H. PATRICK, of Thomasville, Ga.;
DONALD CARLOS SPANGLER, 17, of Philadelphia;
COX was killed instantly when the pickup truck he was driving collided with another truck on State Route 627, seven miles north of Gate City.
STEFFENSON died when his convertible went out of control and struck a bridge abutment on State Route 28, four miles south of Centerville in Fairfax County.
JOHNSON died in a Bluefield Hospital Saturday of injuries suffered when struck by a car last Saturday night in front of his Tazewell home.
The remaining five died in the collision of a northbound convertible and a southbound sedan on U.S. 1, 12 miles south of Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County.
State Police quoted witnesses as saying the southbound car swerved sharply into the northbound lane and collided with the convertible bearing the three Washington women. The three surviving occupants of the southbound sedan, all teenage boys, were taken to Fredericksburg Hospital, two of them in critical condition.
This was Virginia's second highway accident in three days in which five persons died. The first took place Wednesday night near Smithfield in Isle of Wight County.
The dead in the Spotsylvania collision were:
MARGERY S. SNYDER, Washington, D.C.;
IVA L. JONES, Washington, D.C.;
CATHERINE HANLEIN, Washington, D.C.;
JOSEPH H. PATRICK, about 30, Thomasville, Ga.;
and DONALD CARLOS SPANGLER, 17, Philadelphia, Pa.
The three women, all described as middle-aged, were occupants of the northbound convertible. PATRICK and the SPANGLER youth were riding in the sedan. Three other teen-age occupants of the sedan were taken to Fredericksburg Hospital.
State Trooper Zane L. Leach quoted a witness as saying the southbound car bearing the teenagers swerved sharply to the left and collided with the convertible head-on in the adjacent northbound lane of the four-lane highway.

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