Hamburg, AR Auto Crash Kills Four, Dec 1957



Hamburg, Ark. (Special) - Four teen-age girls, all seniors of Hamburg High School en route to a football banquet, were killed near here last night when their automobile slid beneath a transport truck.
The girls met instant death when they apparently alarmed by a parked auto on the side of the highway, rammed the on-coming transport, completely shearing the top of their vehicle.
Sheriff B. A. Courson and the Arkansas State Troopers identified them as KAY CARVER, MYRTLE BUNN, FAITH HENDERSON, Jimmie, NELL RUFF. All were either 17 or 18, Courson said.
The tragedy occurred six miles east of here on U.S. 82 at 6:20 p.m. as the girls drove east to pick up classmate Helen Blocker at Mist, located seven miles from here.

Applied Brakes.
Officers said MISS HENDERSON was the driver of the car. They said she applied the brakes as she approached the parked car. Her auto swerved broadside into the transport.
It took three wreckers and a dragline to pull the transport from on top the smashed automobile. Two girls were thrown clear of the wreckage. Two were pinned beneath.
Courson said they were identified by their class rings. Their bodies were badly mangled Coroner Bill Jones stated.
The highway was slippery from a steady falling mist. Visibility was bad because of heavy fog.
Truck driver Jesse Harralson of Waco, Tex., said he thought the girls failed to see his on-coming truck. He told officers he saw both their car and the parked vehicle both on the same side of the highway.
The parked car was pulled off on the shoulder of the road by its Negro driver, who was not identified by officers. He was not at fault, officers said. He was fixing a flat tire.
All of the victims were daughters of well known Hamburg families. MISS CARVER was homecoming queen during the past football season.

Banquet Called Off.
The football banquet, planned by Hamburg High School, was called off at Crossett when news of the accident arrived.
MISS CARVER was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Graham; MISS BUNN, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Bunn; MISS HENDERSON, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Henderson; and MISS RUFF, Mr. and Mrs. Bernice Chapman.
Sheriff Courson described them as "nice - just as fine as they come."
The impact of the collision knocked the two vehicles into the ditch opposite the parked car. The automobile ran beneath the cab of the transport, which was loaded with dressed chickens.
Coroner Jones said the automobile was "crumpled." The impact turned the transport over, with the auto crammed beneath.
Officers said they couldn't tell how the girls were seated in the auto. Traffic jammed the highway as workers toiled with the wreckage.
The driver of the Diamond-T transport was taken to a doctor for treatment, but later released. He suffered only minor cuts and bruises.
The girls' bodies were taken to the Jones Funeral Home. Funeral services were incomplete last night.

Monroe Morning World Louisiana 1957-12-07