Wellsburg, WV Auto Plunges Into Creek, Dec 1937
FATAL CRASH ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
ACCIDENT OCCURS NEAR WELLSBURG, W. VA. - VICTIMS FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY.
CAR SWERVES AND PLUNGES INTO CREEK.
(International News Service)
Wellsburg, W. Va., Dec. 27 - A wrecked sedan remained here today as the grim relic of the deaths of six men from Washington County, Pennsylvania, who were killed Christmas Day when the car plunged over a 50-foot embankment into the waters of a creek four miles south of here.
The dead were identified by Sheriff Herbert Traubert from papers in their pockets as:
THOMAS VASKA; SAMUEL ROSS and THOMAS WHITFIELD, all of Houston, Pa.;
DONALD EVERETT and JOHN KURKOSKI, both of Midland, Pa.; and HOWARD CODOL, of Canonsburg, Pa.
The bodies of the victims were returned to their homes for burial yesterday.
Mrs. Melvin Ralrigh, who witnessed the tragedy from her home nearby, said the car seemed to swerve from the highway and plunge into the creek. The men had inquired for directions a short time before.
It took three hours to raise the sedan and its cargo of dead from the cold waters of the creek. Once the grappling cable broke, dropping the car into the stream again.
New Castle News Pennsylvania 1937-12-27