Craig, CO Auto And Truck Collision, Aug 1937
SEVEN KILLED IN COLORADO CAR-TRUCK CRASH.
BOOZE BLAMED BY PROBERS FOR HORRIBLE WRECK IN CRAIG AREA.
SEVEN OUT OF EIGHT SEDAN OCCUPANTS ARE HORRIBLY MANGLED WHEN CAR HITS TRUCK.
Craig, Aug. 29. - Seven persons were killed early today in an automobile-truck collision on their way home from a dance at Hayden, Colo.
The victims were riding in a small sedan that crashed into a truck laden with posts. An eighth person riding on the running board of the sedan and the two occupants of the truck escaped serious injury.
The dead, all residents of Craig, were:
MRS. CHALRES SIMONTON.
TOM MATHENY, a brother of Floyd and a cook.
TOM FARMER, a laborer.
ART BLANKENSHIP, driver of the automobile and a laborer.
HARVEY HURD, recent high school graduate.
ED SEICK, also a recent high school graduate.
Paul Moss, state highway courtesy patrolman, said witnesses told him the sedan roared around a curve at 70 to 80 miles an hour and crashed bead-on with the truck between Craig and Hayden, 20 miles east of Craig in northwestern Colorado.
KELLY BROCK who Moss said was clinging to side of the car, was thrown from the running board but suffered only scratches and bruises.
The truck drivers, PAUL GREELEY and RALPH BAXTER, both of Walden, escaped serious injury although the cab of the truck was demolished.
All the victims except FARMER who died in a hospital at Hayden, were killed instantly.
A coroner's jury decided "excessive high speed and intoxication in the party in the sedan" caused the accident, the worst of its kind in history of this section.
The verdict did not specifically blame any individual in the group in the automobile. It absolved the truck driver of any blame.
Several of the crushed bodies were found in the telescoped car while others were hurled onto the highway.
A cedar post rammed thru the sedan and impaled BLANKENSHIP'S head.
Coroner I. J. Rubaker, who brought the bodies to Craig said several of the dead were so badly mangled that identification was difficult.
Greely Daily Tribune Colorado 1937-08-30