Melford C. Brown, 25, brother of two Zanesville residents, died Saturday morning in Grant hospital, Columbus, of injuries sustained at 9:45 o’clock Friday night in a head-on automobile crash on State Route 669, four miles east of Somerset. Injured in the crash were Terrence Hutchins, 19, also of Crooksville, a passenger in the car driven by Brown, and John Richard Humphrey, 26, of Somerset, operator of the other auto. According to the highway patrol, the crash occurred when Brown pulled into the left to avoid ploughing into the rear of a slow-moving vehicle. Brown sustained a fractured skull, fractures of both legs and internal injuries. Hutchins suffered lacerations on the face, arms and legs and Humphrey received a fractured left arm and lacerations on the face and body. All were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. Later Brown was removed to Columbus. Hutchins and Humphrey are reported in fair condition. Humphrey was taken to the hospital in the Somerset emergency car while Brown and Hutchins were brought here in a Chute ambulance. The highway patrol reported that it is continuing its investigation. Brown, an employee of the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp. plant at Newark, was on his way to work when the crash occurred. A native of Crooksville, he was a son of Asa and Faye Brown, with whom he made his home. He was a member of the Fairview United Brethren Church. Surviving in addition to his parents are four brothers, Charles Brown of 808 Luck avenue, Dean of Crooksville, Marvin of Newark and Asa, Jr. of the home, and three sisters, Mrs. Donald Lawrence and Mrs. Ernest Chesser of Newark and Mrs. K.H. Teagarden of 852 Adair avenue. The body was removed to the Fred L. Cannon funeral home where friends may call. Services will be held at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon with Rev. Theodore Ludwig officiating. Burial will be in Crooksville.
Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, July 15, 1957.