Beaver Falls, PA Two Auto Crash, Aug 1964
TOLL FOR SINGLE ACCIDENT WORST IN TURNPIKE HISTORY.
Beaver Falls, Pa. (AP) - A convertible shot over a 30-inch-high medial barrier near the Ohio gateway to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Tuesday night and slammed head-on into a station wagon, killing six persons and seriously injuring three others.
A truck driver directing traffic around the wreckage was also injured when he was hit by a car.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said the dead were:
JERRY TINSLEY, 18, of Cleveland, driver of the convertible, and these passengers in TINSLEY'S car;
PARNELL LEWIS DAYS, 17;
MORRIS D. LANIER, 18;
ROBERT CARL PRICE, 18, all of Cleveland;
and ISAAC REZNICK, 50, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Another passenger, KENNETH FRANCIS, 15, also of Cleveland, was listed in serious condition at Providence Hospital in Beaver Falls.
The sixth victim was FRANK HEINZ, 26, of Center, N. D., the driver of the station wagon.
His wife, LENORE, 24, was listed in serious condition at the hospital. Their daughter, KYLIE, 3, was transferred from Providence Hospital to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh where she is listed in serious condition.
The truck driver, JAMES HILBERT, 45, of 326 E. Pine St., Selinsgrove, Pa., was admitted to Providence Hospital. He was listed in fair condition.
Beaver County Coroner Dr. John W. Colavincenzo quoted state police as theorizing that the accident occurred in this way:
TINSLEY, eastbound, was attempting to pass a car on a portion of the turnpike that curved to the left and was slightly upgraded when his car began fish-tailing. He lost control, Colavincenzo said, and the car catapulted the medial barrier strip without touching it and slammed into HEINZ' car, which was traveling west and was in the left lane of the highway.
Dr. Colavincenzo quoted police as estimating that TINSLEY'S auto as traveling about 85-miles-per hour on the 65-miles-per hour four lane turnpike. The accident occurred about eight miles east of the Pennsylvania-Ohio border.
State police said they did not know the destination of either car. Even the families of the boys in TINSLEY'S car apparently didn't know either.
Young FRANCIS' father, Willie, said in Cleveland that he had no idea his son was out of town.
"He was supposed to come home about 10 o'clock and help me close the drugstore where I work."
The Evening Times Sayre Pennsylvania 1964-08-19