Titusville, FL Auto And Truck Crash At Intersection, Jul 1959
FOUR DEAD, ONE MISSING AFTER CRASH.
8 HURT IN WRECK EAST OF TITUSVILLE.
Titusville, Fla. (AP) - Three men were killed today and eight others injured when a truck and an automobile collided with terrific force at a highway intersection seven miles east of here.
A Patrick Air Force Base enlisted man and two Negro employees of the Cape Canaveral missile test center died in the crash which sent both vehicles plunging into a water-filled ditch.
A second airman was first believed to have been killed in the wreck but no body was found in a search of the water and surrounding area. However, a dragging operation was to be resumed if a head-count at Patrick AFB revealed anyone missing.
Bodies were scattered over a 200-foot radius when the automobile, carrying two airmen, and the truck, taking nine Sanford Negro employees of a Kaiser Steel Corp., and B. B. McCormick Construction Co. to their jobs, smashed together.
The early morning collision at the intersection of State Roads 402 and A1A shot Brevard County's 1959 traffic death toll to 28, topping the previous all-time high of 25.
Witnesses said the car being driven south on A1A was struck broadside by the truck bearing the Sanford Negroes.
The dead white man was A-2c JULIAN M. JOHNS, 19, New Smyrna Beach, driver of the car. Negroes killed were FRANK FERGUSON, 52, and HONEY RUMPH, 31.
Airman MICHAEL SPICER, 21, was injured critically. So was the driver of the truck, EDDIE JOHNSON, 39.
Other Negroes hospitalized were HENRY ROSIER, 39; LEWIS GEORGE, 37; JULIUS PATTERSON, 23; and ARTHUR BROOKS, 48.
Treated for lacerations and released from the North Brevard Hospital, Titusville, were PALMER LEE CARLTON, JR., 22; and JOHN WILLIE PERRY, 26.
At impact, both vehicles left the road and plunged into the ditch at the southeast corner of the intersection. The car bearing JOHNS and SPICER sank immediately. The overturned truck was nearly concealed below the water.
Passersby immediately stopped and began helping the injured to shore while others began the grim task of searching for bodies.
Ambulances, state troopers and sheriff's deputies converged on the site, routing traffic around the scene and assisting in directing recovery of the two vehicles.
Orlando Evening Star Florida 1959-07-16