South Hero, VT Seven Killed In Auto Crash, Aug 1960
7 HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES KILLED IN VERMONT CRASH.
South Hero, Vt. (UPI) - Gov. Robert T. Stafford has asked for a report on a crash that killed seven youths who graduated from high school together two months ago.
The youths, all from Winooski, Vt., were killed Sunday when their 1954 sedan went out of control after coming over a hill, skidded along the slippery road for 500 feet and slammed sideways into a three-foot-thick maple tree.
All were thrown from the car, and six died instantly. The seventh, MAURICE SOUTIERE, 19, believed to be the driver, died minutes after being admitted to Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, about 10 miles from this Lake Champlain island town.
The youths, who had grown up together in Winooski, a community of 7,000, were returning from Rouses Point, N.Y., where they had gone to spend Saturday evening.
The accident was the worst in recent Vermont history.
The victims, besides SOUTIERRE, one of 13 children of a widowed mother, were identified as EDWARD JOSEPH FOLEY, 19; RONALD R. ROGERS, 20; JAMES B. DAIGLE, 18; EARL DECARREAU, 20; NORMAN E. PAQUETTE, 19; and WILLIAM L. LANDINO, 18.
State police said it appeared the car had been traveling very fast.
The Daily Times New Philadelphia Ohio 1960-08-22