Throop, PA Auto Crash, Mar 1981
EIGHT TEEN-AGERS DIE IN AUTO WRECK.
Throop, Pa. (UPI) -- Eight teen-agers apparently returning from a party were killed instantly when their car crashed through a guardrail and landed upside down in a gully, the Lackawanna County coroner said Saturday.
"The car looked like it had been throughone of those things that crushes cars in junkyards," Coroner William Sweeney said of the late-model Chrysler Cordoba in which the eight were killed about 11 p.m. Friday.
Police said the car was traveling east on the highway -- apparently at a high rate of speed -- when it struck a guardrail and sailed through the air, landing upside down in a gully 200 feet off Underwood Road in Throop.
The bodies were so badly mangled that authorities had trouble establishing the victims' identities.
GREGORY LABANIC, aged 16.
MICHAEL CHERESKO, aged 15.
DAVID THOMAS, aged 17.
ANTHONY LUKASIK, aged 17.
MICHELLE CIZIK, aged 15.
JODY HAFICH, aged 14, all of nearby Dickson City.
ELIZABETH MECCA, aged 16.
GAIL VELTRI, aged 15, both Throop residents.
"This is a record as far back as I can remember and I've been coroner here since 1971," said Sweeney. "I've seen four or five killed before, but never this many." He said the teenagers apparently were going home after a neighborhood party.
Daily Record Roswell New Mexico 1981-03-08