Gloucester, NJ Auto And Truck Collision, Jul 1959


Gloucester, N.J. (AP) - An auto collided with a tractor-trailer, crashed into a telephone pole and overturned early today, killing all five occupants of the car.
Patrolman William Barrett of the Gloucester City police said:
"There were bodies spread all over. It was the worst crash I've ever seen."
Barrett tentatively identified the victims from cards in their possession as:
KENNETH S. EVANS, 22, of Ajo, Prima County, Ariz.;
HUBERT LEE PARRISH, 25, Augusta, Ga.;
CLYDE PHILLIPS, 23, (no known address);
IMOGENE GREEN, 25, Longview, Texas;
and PATRICIA SUE TOMS, 19, Jenks, Okla.
Barrett said all five were Navy enlisted personnel and apparently were returning to the naval base in Philadelphia. He said it was likely PARRISH was driving the car, since it was registered in his name.
Police identified the driver of the tractor-trailer as Clifford E. May, 28, of Glassboro, N.J. He was unhurt.
Barrett quoted May as saying that he was traveling about 35 miles an hour on Route 130 in this southern New Jersey town.
May said the auto sideswiped the big truck, ran into a curb, crossed over the highway, rammed into a pole and overturned. Both vehicles were traveling north toward Philadelphia.
All the victims were dead on arrival at West Jersey Hospital in Camden. The crash occurred about 2 a.m. Barrett said the auto was apparently attempting to pass the truck.

The Times Record Troy New York 1959-07-06