Shelbyville, IN Headon Crash Kills Six, May 1959
SIX HOOSIERS KILLED IN ONE HEADON CRASH.
Indianapolis, May 11 - (AP) - Six persons died in a bloody two-car collision in Shelby County early Sunday as Indiana's weekend traffic toll shot into the double figures, with 13 persons reported killed.
Killed in the tragic crash five miles southeast of Shelbyville on U.S. 421 were:
MRS. MABEL STEWART, 46;
MRS. PEARL NANCE, 50;
MRS. BARBARA PAYNE, 26;
and STEPHANIE JONES, 4, all of Indianapolis;
MRS. DALLAS JOHNSON, 55, of Louisville, Ky.;
and ROBERT ZINSER, 18, of St. Paul.
All but ZINSER were passengers in a car driven by MRS. STEWART. They were returning home from a church service in Cincinnati when their car was bent into a U-shaped mass of crumpled metal by the force of the crash.
All but ZINSER and MRS. PAYNE died instantly. ZINSER was alive when police arrived, but died on route to a hospital, and MRS. PAYNE died eight hours later in W. S. Major Hospital in Shelbyville.
State police said MRS. STEWART apparently started to pass another car and her auto was struck broadside by an oncoming vehicle driven by ROGER WULLENWEBER, 20, of Adams.
WULLENWEBER and MARK PAYNE, 10, son of one of the dead women, were the only survivors. WULLENWEBER was treated for minor cuts and released. Young Payne was injured but reported in fairly good condition.
Born in Seoul, Korea, the 4-year-old girl was adopted only last October by the Rev. and Mrs. James Jones of Indianapolis.
Rev. Jones who had stayed in Cincinnati to preach an exchange sermon Sunday, said he had a premonition of impending tragedy before the group departed Cincinnati Saturday night.
"For some strange reason, I told them that some of our people will never be back," said the 27-year-old minister and law student. "I don't know what made me say it."
Rev. Jones said the four adults killed in the crash were devout church workers. Mrs. Johnson was a social worker at the Indiana Women's Prison and was performing church duties while on leave of absence.
Mrs. Stewart supervised the church's nursing home. Mrs. Nance, 50, a Negro, was a nurse in the home operated by the interracial community church, and Mrs. Payne taught in the church school.
Rev. Jones, who is pastor of the People's Temple in Indianapolis, said Mrs. Johnson was going to Brazil in July to visit her son, who is a missionary there.
"We were training Mrs. Nance to be a missionary in Africa," he added.
As for little Stephanie Jones, her Korean name was Yun Eun Soon. Rev. Jones said, "She was an exceptional child. Already she could speak perfect English."
The Terre Haute Tribune Indiana 1959-05-11