Beckley, WV Head On Crash Kills Five, Aug 1959


Beckley, W. Va. (AP) - Two cars - one on the wrong side of the road - crashed head on on the West Virginia Turnpike early Saturday. Five persons were killed and five were injured.
In the northbound car were six soldiers on weekend passes from Ft. Bragg, N.C. Two of them were killed. Only one of the four persons in the other car was alive, and her condition was reported poor.
Wreckage from the force of the impact was scattered for some distance up and down the two-lane toll road which cuts through southern West Virginia's mountains from Princeton to Charleston.
"One car was on the wrong side of the road," said state police Lt. R. G. Cown, "but the two cars were so demolished that it was impossible to tell which was."
The soldiers were driving north. Recruit CALVIN McLAUGHN, 17, of Altoona, Ala., and Pvt. JAMES W. JENKINS, 19, of Huntington, W. Va., were killed.
Their four companions were brought to Veterans Hospital here. They are Pvt. RALPH L. WALKER, 18, of St. Albans, W. Va., with a fractured skull; Pvt. PHILLIP J. SULLIVAN, 23, Portsmouth, Va., fractured skull; Pfc. MICHAEL R. PROVOST, 26, Portland, Maine, head injuries and broken right leg; and Specialist 1.C. FRED TENORION, 21, Chicago.
Killed in the southbound car were CHARLES OSCAR SHINAULT, 58, the driver; CHARLES FREMOS SHINAULT, 26, his son, and MRS. OKEY ADKINS, 29, all of Troy, Ohio. MRS. ELSIE SHINAULT, 50, wife of the driver, was hospitalized with a crushed chest.

The Odessa American Texas 1959-08-02