Date: January 28, 1971
Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Accidents on Fog-Covered California Freeway Kills 6. Bakersfield, Calif. Six persons were killed and at least 25 injured early Tuesday in a series of fog-shrouded accidents involving an estimated 60 cars on busy U.S. 99 north of here, the highway patrol said. Wreckage along the main high-speed freeway between Los Angles and San Francisco littered a four mile stretch of highway and battered cars and trucks dotted the roadside. "It looks like a truck and auto graveyard." said one observer. The thick fog blinded motorists and made it nearly impossible to see much more than 10 yards ahead. Similar weather conditions were predicted through the weekend and prompted a call for closing of area schools. The highway patrol reported multiple-vehicle crashes occurred of several hours after the initial eight-truck, five-car accident in two northbound lanes. Al least six accidents involving an estimated 40 vehicles were reported in the southbound lanes. Investigators said the initial 13 vehicle impact took four lives. The dead were identified as Howard jack White, 51, of Placerville; Sotero Ortega, 40, of Frenso; Robert J. Mitchell, 34, of Ivanhole; Homer Bright, 38, of Newark; and ...