Harlan, KY Two Vehicle Crash, July 1965


Harlan, Ky. (UPI) - Nine persons, five of them children, were killed in a two-car crash on a twisting mountain road near here Saturday.
State police said a car operated by PHILIP PERKINS, formerly of nearby Smith, collided with another auto carrying 10 members of the J. C. DAVID ELDRIDGE family.
PERKINS, who was traveling alone and ELDRIDGE, also of Smith, were both killed.
The victims were identified as PERKINS; J.C. ELDRIDGE; his wife, MARTHA, 32; their children, JAMES CLYDE, 13; DONNIE, 11; and LINDA, 9; MRS. DELORES ELDRIDGE, 20, Rt. 1, Pennington Gap, Va., wife of J. C.'s brother EARL; and two of their children, EARL, JR., 2; and TERRY LEE, 10 months.
EARL ELDRIDGE received head injuries and was taken to the Appalachian Regional Hospital at Harlan. DEBBIE SUE, 3, daughter of EARL, apparently escaped serious injury but was hospitalized at Harlan for observation.
"When we got there one car was knocked over on the bank near a stream and the ELDRIDGE car was just sitting along the edge of the highway," said State Trooper Lonnie Leach.
"I have never seen an accident in which so many were killed but none thrown from the cars," he added.
Leach said the coroner reported several of the children died of shock.

Fort Lauderdale News Florida 1965-07-25