Forrest City, AR Two Car Crash, Aug 1970


Forrest City, Ark. (AP) - Seven persons were killed Friday in a fiery two-car crash on Interstate 40 at the Wheatley Interchange near here.
State Police identified the victims as E. E. WHITEHURST, 87, and his wife, NELL, 84, of Brinkley. The other five victims were from New Albany, Miss.
They were identified as JOHN DIX, about 45, his wife, IMOGENE, 44, their son, RONNIE DIX, 24, his wife, PATSY, 23, and the younger couple's son, JEFF, 4.
State police said the accident occurred when the WHITEHURST car drove onto Interstate 40 traveling east in the westbound lane of traffic and hit the Mississippi car head-on. Both cars exploded and burned on impact.
All seven persons were killed instantly or died in the fire, police said. Fire units from Brinkley and Wheatley were called to the scene to extinguish the blaze.
State Police Trooper Charles Schafer said WHITEHURST, a former mayor of Brinkley, had been arrested about a year ago for driving the wrong way on the Interstate. He was fined a total of $18.

The Times Record Troy New York 1970-08-15