Collins, John (Unknown - January 24, 1938)


PARKERTON Highway Fatalities in Wyoming Five to Date This Year: Blowout Said Cause

Douglas Enterprise - January 25, 1938

The death of three Casper men yesterday morning in an automobile accident near Parkerton brought Wyoming highway fatalities to five for 1938.

Reports this morning stated that Kirkpatrick had succumbed to injuries received in the accident. Casper's radio station, KDFN, gave the report. The news caster said Tierney's condition was critical.

John Collins of Casper and Bus Ladd, formerly of Fremont, Neb., were killed when Collins' car struck the edge of a bridge about 1 mile west of Parkerton and plunged to the bottom of a draw.

Charles Tierney suffered a crushed chest and Earl Kirkpatrick, a back injury. The four men were going to Glenrock to work yesterday morning to dismantle some refinery property. A blowout caused the car to swerve near the edge of the road as they were approaching the bridge. It is believed the car struck the railing and turned over before falling to the bottom of the deep ravine.

Kirkpatrick managed to crawl to the road and stop passing motorists about an hour and a half after the accident.

County Coroner C.H. Hofmann went to the scene to investigate the accident. The bodies were taken to Casper by a Casper coroner.

John Johnson of Lovell died shortly after an accident Sunday afternoon 50 miles west of Casper. C.A. Shelton, Lusk oil field worker, was Wyoming's first traffic victim in 1938. He died January 17 when his car skidded and overturned near Torrington. Last year four persons had died by January 25, and five were killed during the month.


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