Bessemer, AL Chased Car Crashes Head On, Aug 1957
7 KILLED AS CHASED CAR CRASHES ANOTHER HEAD-ON.
EIGHTH PERSON CRITICALLY HURT IN ALABAMA ACCIDENT.
Bessemer, Ala., Aug. 25 - (AP) - Seven persons died today in a head-on collision involving a car being chased by the highway patrol.
Six were killed outright and one died of injuries later. An eighth person, identified by patrolmen as the driver of the car being chased was listed in critical condition in a Birmingham hospital.
The collision occurred 3.7 miles south of the Bessemer city limit on Ala. 20, formerly the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham highway.
The dead were identified as:
WILLIAM E. BROOKS, 31;
his wife MRS. STELLA MAE BROOKS, 31;
JAMES GLAZE, 33;
CHARLES A. SHADWICK, 21;
BILLY GOSSETT, 22;
GLORIA ROBERTSHAW, about 20;
and GREER WHITSETT JONES, 22.
All were from the Bessemer area except SHADWICK, who was from West Blocton, Ala.
HORACE G. McCULLARS, 22, of Fairfield, Ala., is in critical condition. He was identified by the state highway patrol as the driver of the car being chased. His passengers were Shadwick, Gossett, Miss Robertshaw and Miss Jones.
Patrolman R. M. Miller, said the McCULLARS car, under pursuit for speeding, swerved off the road on the right shoulder and then rammed head-on into the other car, driven by GLAZE.
The two cars were demolished.
Bridgeport Telegram Connecticut 1957-08-26