Richmond, ME Tanker Truck and Auto Collision, Sep 1958
CRASH CLAIMS 7 OF 8 IN AUTO.
Richmond, Maine, Sept. 7 (UPI) - The worst single traffic accident in Maine history killed seven persons early Sunday and boosted the state's traffic toll toward record proportions.
The collision between an auto and an empty chemical tank truck wiped out one family of four and left a 7-year-old boy as the sole survivor
of another family.
The accident, fifth fatal highway crash reported in Maine in a 13-hour period, raised the casualty total for the year to 129, just short of the state's record traffic death pace.
State Police identified the victims
all Wayne residents, as:
his wife, BERNICE, 31;
and their daughter, SHARON, 2.
KENNETH WARD, 35;
his wife, ROSE, 25;
and their two daughters, SHIELA, 9, and ROSE, 7.
The only survivors were MAURICE YORK, 7, and truck driver ELMER BUCKLIN, 44, of Belfast. The boy, thrown clear in the crash, was reported in satisfactory condition at a hospital. BUCKLIN was released after treatment.
Police said the YORK car went through a stop sign at Richmond and Four Corners and plowed into the truck.
The heavy tanker tipped onto the auto, crushing its occupants. Firemen worked for more than two hours in removing the bodies.
Salt Lake City Tribune Utah 1958-09-07