Vincentown, NJ Three Auto Crash Kills Seven, July 1954


Vincentown, N.J. (UP) - Seven persons were killed and three were injured today in a head-on collision involving three automobiles near the Red Lion Circle on Route 206.
Six of the dead were riding in one automobile which collided head-on with an auto in which the seventh victim was killed. The three injured were riding in the third car which crashed into the wreckage of the two cars seconds later.
The dead were identified as EUGENE BRUDER, 60, a retired Philadelphia fireman, now a civilian fireman at McGuire Air Force Base; his daughter, MRS. MARGUERITE LAUGHLIN, 35, a widow; her two children, ROBERT, 12, and JEAN, 9; Airman 2C. JAMES FLEMMING, Mt. Holly, N.J.; his wife, PHYLLIS, an expectant mother, and A.W.O. HAROLD S. MORAN, 37, of Headquarters Co., 364th Infantry Regiment, 69th Division, Ft. Dix.
MORAN'S automobile, in which he was riding alone, collided head-on with the auto driven by BRUDER, according to Burlington County Coroner Harold Stoddard. The third automobile, driven by JOSEPH C. TOMASELA, 38, Hammonton, N.J., was following BRUDER'S car northbound and could not stop in time to avoid the wreckage.
TOMASELA, also a fireman at the air base, and two passengers in his car, MRS. MARY SAN FILIPPO, 56, and her daughter, PHYLLIS, 27, suffered cuts and bruises and were treated at the Burlington County Hospital, Mt. Holly. Mrs. San Filippo's husband, Benjamin, 59, escaped injury. TOMASELA and the SAN FILIPPO
family were en-route to the Monmouth Park race track.
State Trooper Fred Ecker of the Bordentown barracks said that a few minutes before the crash a car he believed to be MORAN'S narrowly avoided crashing into a fire engine returning from a forest fire in the area.
Volunteer firemen were backing the engine into the firehouse on the highway when they heard the crash. The firemen and Ecker raced to the scene to pull the victims from the wreckage.

The Times Record Troy New York 1954-07-17