Three Fort Jackson soldiers are dead and another seriously injured as the result of two widely separated accidents within the past 24 hours.
Sfc. Herbert C. Burnett, 23, of Jackson, Ky., was killed early today when the car he was driving veered from Highway 76 near Chapin and smashed into an embankment. State Patrolman D. E. Abrams said the car, 1 1950 Chevrolet, did not overturn but traveled some 300 feet after leaving the highway.
The sergeant was killed immediately when his forehead rammed the center hub of the steering wheel, Patrolman Abrams said. Another soldier traveling with Burnett, Pfc. Ben R. Cloyd, 20, of Hazard, Ky., suffered a fractured jaw a fractured left knee and body bruises in the accident. He was taken to the post hospital for emergency treatment.
Patrolman Abrams said the accident occurred about 3 a.m. today some 24 miles north of Columbia. He said the two men were heading toward Columbia when the car left the highway on a curve and hit the embankment.
Two other Fort Jackson servicemen Pvt. Paul Shular, of Marietta, Ga., and Pvt. Raymond R. Jasper, of Detroit, died when a heavily loaded tractor-trailer in which they were riding crashed into the Madison county courthouse at Danielsville, Ga., yesterday.
Georgia State Patrolman Harold Magness said the driver, Lowell Thomas Bullins, 24, of Mayodan, N. C., failed to make a circling turn around the courthouse square and the truck plunged into the building, tearing a 12-foot-wide hole in the side.
Patrolman Magness said the two soldiers were believed to have been hitchhiking to Fort Jackson and probably boarded the truck between, Atlanta and Athens. Danielsville is 18 miles north of Athens.
Fort Jackson authorities said Sfc. Burnett’s body is at the fort, pending information from next of kin. His father is E. C. Burnett, of Jackson, Ky.
In another accident earlier this week six soldiers returning from a 24-hour leave were burned Tuesday when their car overturned near Blaney and burst into flames.
The Fort Jackson public information office said the automobile turned over on a curve.
Three of the men were seriously burned, the office reported. They were identified as George P. Murphy, Jr., 22, of West Chester, Pa., burned hands; Myron Strober, 21, of Brooklyn, N. Y., hands and face burned; and Milton S. Spradley, 21, of New York, burned hands.
The three who received minor burns were Morris Silver, 21, of New York; Eric Deane, 21, also of New York, owner of the car; and Roger N. Beatty, 21, of Jamaica, Long Island, N. Y.
Strober was identified as driver of the car.