Baker, CA Three Vehicle Crash Kills Ten, Sep 1953


Baker, Calif. (AP) - A flaming three-vehicle crash on a desert highway Sunday wiped out a wedding party in a crowded sedan and left a toll of 10 dead in one of the worst traffic accidents in California history.
All nine persons in the wedding party were killed, including a young couple bound for Las Vegas, Nev., to be married. The driver of a truck laden with gasoline was killed and a sailor hitchhiking a ride with him was injured. The driver of another truck escaped without injury.
The crash created a ghastly scene of burning wreckage and bodies and tied up traffic on U.S. Highway 91 more than three hours. The accident occurred on the principal route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, east of here.
The victims in the sedan were from Weed Path, Calif., a small town near Bakersfield.
The dead were identified as THOMAS GRAHAM, JR., and his intended bride, JOYCE LINDSEY, 14; ARTHUR JAMES LINDSEY, 24, and his wife, JEANNIE, 21, their children, LINDA, 4, and VIRGINIA, 2; CLAUDE LINDSEY, 47, and his wife, ANNIE, 49, parents of Joyce and Arthur, and their other daughter, ANNABELLE, 11; and the driver of one of the trucks, JOHN J. JAMES, 43, of Las Vegas.

Janesville Daily Gazette Wisconsin 1953-09-21