Lost Hills, CA Auto And Truck Collision, Apr 1937
6 ARE KILLED WHEN AUTO AND TRUCK MEET HEAD-ON.
FOUR OTHERS ARE INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON PASO ROBLES HIGHWAY.
DRIVER OF CAR WILL FACE HOMICIDE CHARGE.
ALL VICTIMS WERE BAKERSFIELD RESIDENTS; HEADLIGHTS ARE BLAMED.
Bakersfield, April 17. -- (UP) -- Six persons were killed and four injured in a head-on collision between a light truck and a passenger automobile on the Paso Robles Highway about ten miles west of Lost Hills early today. All the dead and injured were residents of Bakersfield.
Those killed were:
WILLIAM A. BAKER; WILLIAM F. FRANKS, 46; WILLARD GRAHAM, 39; MANUEL W. EZALL, 42; EDGAR CHETWOOD, 45, all occupants of the truck, and JACK REYNOLDS, 55, a passenger in the automobile.
The injured were:
CHARLES CARNESS, 32, driver of the automobile; EDWARD FRANKS, 19; RUDFORD CHETWOOD, 41, and ELDRED McCASLEY, 35, all of whom were in the truck.
REYNOLDS was cremated when the automobile caught fire. The truck did not ignite, although the two vehicles were telescoped together.
Charge of negligent homicide will be filed against CARNESS, driver of the automobile.
The highway patrol said that witnesses to the accident had exonerated FRANKS, driver of the truck, in which eight pea harvesters were returning home after spending the week-end at Santa Maria where they sought work.
CARNESS was dragged from the flaming wreckage by A. C. BEAKOYSKY, a Standard Oil agent who was driving along the road at the time.
All four injured were taken to Atascadero Hospital where it was reported CARNESS and McCASLEY were in a critical condition. McCASLEY reportedly suffered a fractured skull.
Investigating officers said the accident was caused by glaring headlights which blinded the driver of the truck.
CHEATWOOD was the only survivor of the accident who was conscious when highway patrolmen reached the scene.
He said he and seven other occupants of the truck were on their was back to Bakersfield after a trip to the Nipimo district where they sought work harvesting peas.
The Modesto Bee And News Herald California 1937-04-18