[Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0894]

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "TRAFFIC DEATHS 1959 to date, 22; January, 22. 1958 to date, 26; January, 26. Two youths were killed and a companion injured, Monday when their automobile stalled and was struck by a Santa Fe passenger train at the SE 44 street crossing in Capitol Hill. Dead on arrival at Mercy hospital was the driver of the car, Johnny Weldon Kelly, 20, of 1160 Carter drive, Del City. Donald Ragland, 19, of 2300 S Phillips, died later. Also injured was Clifford Edward Hansen, 18, of 623 SE 49. R. ... continued below

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Albright, Bob January 19, 1959.

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Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "TRAFFIC DEATHS 1959 to date, 22; January, 22. 1958 to date, 26; January, 26. Two youths were killed and a companion injured, Monday when their automobile stalled and was struck by a Santa Fe passenger train at the SE 44 street crossing in Capitol Hill. Dead on arrival at Mercy hospital was the driver of the car, Johnny Weldon Kelly, 20, of 1160 Carter drive, Del City. Donald Ragland, 19, of 2300 S Phillips, died later. Also injured was Clifford Edward Hansen, 18, of 623 SE 49. R. C. Rogers, engineer on the Santa Fe local, told police accident investigators L. A. Gramling and L. R. Edwards the automobile paused momentarily before being driven across the right of way, then darted forward and stalled. The vehicle was knocked more than 100 feet and demolished. Hansen Thrown Clear Rogers said the train had just left the Santa Fe downtown station and was traveling about 50 miles an hour. The impact knocked the right door open and Hansen was thrown clear of the wreckage. Hansen told officers at Mercy hospital he and his two companions were en route to a dance in Midwest city. Hansen said door handles on the both sides of the two door sedan were broken off. He said Ragland kept "a small wrench in the car to open the door on the driver's side." "I tried to get out when the car stalled but was unable to reach outside to get a hold of the door handle," he told officers. Tulsan Killed Also A witness to the accident told officers the automobile flew through the air for nearly 75 feet and landed in a ditch."

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PublishDate: 1-20-1959 Oklahoman

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Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection

The Oklahoma Publishing Company, the parent company of many prominent Oklahoma newspapers, amassed a significant collection of photographs that span more than a century. The wide variety of photographs accompanied stories in the newspapers.

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  • January 19, 1959

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Albright, Bob. [Photograph 2012.201.B0052.0894], photograph, January 19, 1959; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc211851/: accessed October 23, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.