4 Teens Die, 6 Hurt in Car Plunge

Camden Courier-Post – March 19, 1963

BERLIN, N.J. (UPI) — Four teen-agers were killed and six other persons injured last night when their convertible ran out of control and crashed through a guardrail on a railroad overpass and fell in a maze of high tension wires onto the tracks.

The victims were Dorothy Fitzpatrick, 15; Judith Ann Sviben, 13; Ellen Marren, 15, and Robert E. Shelley, 15, all of Camden.

Police said they could not approach the wrecked car for more than 30 minutes while waiting for the power in the lines to be turned off. They said the auto plunged about 25 feet from the Jackson Road overpass.

The driver of the car, William Hummel, 21, Camden, was admitted to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital there in serious condition. Cooper Hospital, Camden, said the other injured were treated and released.

Traffic on the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines tracks was delayed several hours.

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