Langhorne, PA Speedway Accident, May 1937



Langhorne, Pa., May 17. -- (INS) -- Three spectators were dead and four other racing fans, including a racer, lay seriously injured in hospitals today as an aftermath of the worst tragedy ever to occur on the speedway here.
Before a Sunday crowd of 40,000 two of the victims, one a 13-year-old boy, precipitated the accident, race officials charged, by trying to dash across the track through a line of roaring speeders. Both were struck by the car of BUD HENDERSON, of Akron, O., as it raced around a bend at a 100-mile-an-hour clip.
To avoid crashing into HENDERSON'S swerving racer, FRANKIE BAILEY, 22, of New Brunswick, N.J., last year's eastern dirt track speed king, swung his wheel. The sharp turn threw BAILEY'S streamlined racer out of control and it crashed through a fence into a crowd of spectators, scattering them like ten-pins.
The dead were:
ROBERT SAMSON, 13, of Philadelphia.
LEWIS W. TANNER, 18, of Bristol.
ANTHONY ZUKES, 19, of Philadelphia.
The injured are:
FRANKIE BAILEY, 22, New Brunswick, N.J., racer.
FRANCIS PIECHOWIAK, 23, of Philadelphia.
HARRY HEY, 19, of Philadelphia.
JESSE JACOBS, 14, of Philadelphia.
The accident which ended the 50-mile feature race at the midway mark, climaxed a day of speed on the one-mile dirt oval. Earlier, Ben Shaw of Westville, N. J., set a new world record for a circular mile speedway by driving his racer around the track in 35.888 seconds to shatter the standard set two years ago by the late George (Doc) MacKenzie.

Chester Times Pennsylvania 1937-05-17

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