Bay City, MI Two Auto And Truck Crash, Oct 1946



Bay City, Mich., Oct. 24 - (AP) - Seven persons, including five members of a Flint family, were killed near here last night when an auto veered into a truck and spun into the path of another car.
Only the truck driver escaped as two persons died in the crash, another died en route to Mercy Hospital here and four others succumbed later in the hospital.
Dead are:
CLARENCE A. POWELL, 37, of (1188 E. Genesee) Flint.
JOAN POWELL, 4, his daughter, and CARL POWELL, 14, his son.
CECIL POWELL, 35, of (1072 E. Cornell) Flint, Clarence's brother.
MRS. FLORENCE POWELL, 61, mother of Clarence and Cecil.
LESLIE S. SNODGRASS, 19, of Mt. Morris.
CARL ANDERSON, 58, of Mt. Morris.
The truck driver was William C. Wainwright of Detroit, employed by the Jefferson Trucking Co. of that city. He escaped injury.
Only witnesses of the collision were Wainwright and John MacArthur, who was driving his car in front of the truck loaded with building materials and saw the crash in his rear view mirror.
MacArthur told investigators that he saw SNODGRASS' northbound car veering into the middle lane of the three-lane highway US-23 a mile north of Bay City, causing the truck driver to abandon plans of passing him.
The SNODGRASS car, in which ANDERSON was riding, then crossed into the extreme left lane, he said, rammed into the front wheel of the truck trailer, bounced and struck the rear trailer wheel. Then it spun around in the road and smashed into CECIL POWELL'S car, which was following the truck.
The POWELL'S were returning to Flint from West Branch, where they had gone to pick up their mother. CLARENCE POWELL'S four other children were left in Flint and all three of CECIL'S children were left there. CLARENCE was employed in the AC spark plug plant.
ANDERSON and MRS. POWELL were killed instantly. JOAN died en route to the hospital.
Two wreckers were required to pull the two demolished cars apart and permit recovery of the bodies.

The News-Palladium Benton Harbor Michigan 1946-10-24