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6 Youths Die in Skid Crash

The Tyrone Herald, Tyrone PA.

6 Youths Die in Skid Crash

EPHRATA, Pa - Six young persons were killed Thursday night when their car was hit broadside by a tractor trailer on icy Route 322 at an intersection in Earl Twp., two miles east of Ephrata.
State police identified the dead as Cathy Eberly, 21, Womelsdorf, Berks County, her daughter, Sonya Lynn, 4, a sister-in-law, Minerva Eberly, 19, Lebanon; Mahlon B. Martin, 19, Akron, Lancaster County; Eddie Leroy Wright, 19, Burrton, Kan., and Donna Gettle, 19, Lebanon.  Miss Gettle was believed to be the driver of the car.
Police said Wright's mother lived in Kansas but he had been staying with the Martin family.
Investigating officers said the car was going west when it went into a skid on the icy highway and was struck broadside by an eastbound tractor trailer operated by Melvin S. Weaver, 29, Ephrata RD3.  Weaver was not injured.
The victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Dr. Jerry Keefe.

The Tyrone Daily Herald, Tyrone, PA.  Friday 23 February 1979.  Page 1.

Owner/SourceHarvey County Genealogical Society
Date23 Feb 1979
Linked toEdwin Leroy Wright

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