Elkhorn, WI Three Auto and Truck Wreck, Aug 1951
5 ARE KILLED IN WRECK OF TRUCK AND 3 CARS NEAR ELKHORN; 2 HURT.
MICHIGAN SOLDIER, WIFE AND BABY AMONG HIGHWAY 12 VICTIMS.
Elkhorn, Wis. - A chain reaction collision of three cars and a semi-trailer truck killed five persons and seriously injured two others Wednesday afternoon on Highway 12 one and a half miles south of Elkhorn.
CPL. PAUL E. PYLE, 22, Louisville, Ky., soldier stationed at Percy Jones army hospital, Battle Creek, Mich.
MRS. ELSIE PYLE, 21, the soldier's wife.
PAULA PYLE, 10-month-old daughter of the dead couple.
HELEN PYLE, 26, Charles City, Ia., the soldier's sister.
LEONARD BARNCARD, 26, Route 1, Elkhorn.
Injured and in Lakeland Hospital are CLAIRE WRIGHT, 33, Route 5, Milwaukee, and ADOLPH BROWN, 52, Route 1, Elkhorn. Their conditions Thursday was reported as "favorable."
The accident was one of the two worst this year in Wisconsin and raised to 19 the 1951 traffic death toll in Walworth County. Nine have been killed in August alone on Walworth County highways.
"Ribbons Of Metal"
Sheriff's deputies said all of the vehicles collided with terrific force and were demolished. The semi-trailer truck was "torn to ribbons of metal," according to a deputy.
Sheriff Chester Barnes said the series of crashes apparently started when BARNCARD, driving west on a town road, ran through a stop sign and onto Highway 12. The BARNCARD car hit the tractor of the semi-trailer truck, causing it to swerve to the left.
The tractor of the truck then smashed head-on into the southbound PYLE car, and the trailer jack-knifed, tipping over onto BROWN'S car, which was behind that of PYLE'S.
Use Five Ambulances.
Wreckage was strewn for yards around the accident site and traffic was delayed from 2 p.m., the time of the crash, until 6:15 p.m. Five ambulances were called from Elkhorn, Lake Geneva and Delavan to take the victims to the hospital.
Coroner Robert Betzer said the dead were killed instantly. BROWN and WRIGHT were in extreme shock and unable to give coherent accounts of the accident.
PYLE and his family apparently were traveling to their home in Louisville. MRS. PYLE was driving the car at the time it collided with the truck.
The accident was the second in the state this year in which five were killed, the first being a two-car collision July 15 near Grafton.
BARNCARD, native of Mercer, Wis., was working on a farm in this area. He is survived by his wife and two children.
BARNCARD'S body was removed today from the Reed Funeral Home in Elkhorn and taken to Mercer, where funeral services will be held.
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