From Wellsville Daily Reporter, 23 March 1963

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From Wellsville Daily Reporter, 23 March 1963 - Saturday, March 23,1963 Crash Near Addison...
Saturday, March 23,1963 Crash Near Addison Takes Seven Lives ADblSON, N.Y. (AP) — Seven persons, including four members of one family, were killed Friday night in the collision of three automobiles automobiles on Route 17 just east of this Steuben County village in south-central New York. State Police said one car crossed crossed into the opposite lane of the two-lane blacktop highway, sideswiped sideswiped a second car, and smashed headon into the third. The gasoline tank on the first car exploded, troopers said, and the Vehicle was engulfed in flames. The three occupants perished. perished. Also dead were the four occupants occupants of the third car, members of the Allen family of nearby Cameron Mills. The three persons in the car that was sideswiped escaped without, without, injury, police said. The accident occurred just before before midnight. The highway, a main east-west route along New York's southern border, was dry, troopers said, and the weather was clear. The victims in the first car were Franklin L. White, 19, of Rathbone, Rathbone, Ernest Dewcy of Painted Post, and Charles Sorber, 21, also of Painted Post. Police said they were burned beyond recognition. In the third car, Ervie Allen, 59, was dead at the scene. His wife, Frances, 55, died in Corning Memorial Memorial Hospital about five hours after the accident. Their daughter Marcia, 23, died at the hospital about three hours after the crash, and another daughter, Alethca, 15, was dead on arrival at the hospital. hospital. The car that was sideswiped contained Leon B. RoD-sc, 35, of Woodhull, his wife, Annette, and her sister, Mrs. Betty Lou Arnett, 34, of Painted Post. The cars that met headon were demolished, police said. The Allen and RoDcc cars were headed west, the other car cast. Survivor Terms Crash Aftermath 'A Hideous Sight 1 ADDISON, N.Y. (AP)— "The oncoming oncoming station wagon sideswiped us, twisted our vehicle completely completely around, then smashed headon into the vehicle behind us." Leon B. RoDee of Woodhull, who escaped Injry in a three- car crash that killed seven persons persons Friday night, described the aftermath of the crash as a "hideous sight." "I didn't see the .actual impact," impact," RoDee told The Associated Press today. "I was too busy watching out for my own people." His wife, Annette, and sister-in- law, Mrs. Betty Lou Arnett, both passengers, also escaped injury. "The wreckage was blanketed with flames," RoDee said. "Debris "Debris and bodies were strewn about." "Tlie driver of the station wagon wagon was still alive when I got to the wreckage. He was lying on the ground, partially pinned. I couldn't pull him out. His feet were caught. "I tried the second car. The doors were all locked. Troopers finally had to break the windows to pull the bodies out. "The flames were intense. You couldn't stay near the wreckage for too long." "It seemed like forever before help arrived, but it couldn't have been more than five minutes." POLICE REPORTS VILLAGE POLICE WELLSVILLE

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