Seaside, OR Two Auto Collision, Apr 1966
OREGON AUTO CRASH KILLS 8, HURTS 7.
Seaside, Ore., April 30 (AP) - An early morning highway crash snuffed out the lives of eight teenagers and adults, and seriously injured seven young children today.
State police said it was a head-on crash between a station wagon, carrying two adults and the children, and a passenger car carrying youths in their late teens and early 20's.
Police said the collision happened on a short, straight stretch of U.S. 26 between Portland and this coastal resort.
Hours after the crash, some of the victims were not identified. Police gave tentative identification for four:
LYNDA KAY WILDT, 18;
JOSEPH RAY PINES, 19;
VEE ANN YARBROUGH;
and WALTER DENNIS HERSHEY, 23, all of Portland.
The two adults killed in the station wagon were named as EARL ANDERSON, 49, of Vernonia, Ore., and his wife, SHIRLEY, 35.
Five of the injured were their children. The other two injured were the children Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Butler, of Gearhart, Ore. The ANDERSONS had been visiting the Butlers and were eastbound on their way home.
The injured ANDERSON children were:
MICHAEL, 13; DENNIS, 11; MARY, 11; MAUREEN, 9; and MARK, 14 months.
The injured BUTLER children were ANNA, 13, and DAVID, 11. It was one of the worst crashes in Oregon history.
Evening Sun Baltimore Maryland 1966-04-30