Statham, GA Auto Crash Kills Eight, July 1949

8 DIE IN FIERY CAR CRASH.

3 LITTLE CHILDREN AMONG VICTIMS.

Statham, Ga. (AP) - Eight persons, including a mother and her three small children, died yesterday in the flaming wreckage of an old automobile.
The bodies, burned almost beyond recognition, were identified several hours after the wreck by relatives. Sheriff Delmar Smith said all eight victims were related.

List Of Dead.
The sheriff listed the dead as:
OLLIE ANDERSON, 26; GENEVA ANDERSON, 15; ROSE WILLE CAWART, 11; and NEVADE KETTLE, 19, all of Winterville; MRS. PAULINE BROWN, 27, and her three children, JERRY LEE, 4; JO ANN, 3; and PAULINE, 18 months, all of Athens, Ga.
State Patrol Sgt. H. F. Culverson said license plates were melted by the intense hear from the 1933 burning car.
There were no witnesses. Officers theorized that the driver was unfamiliar with the highway and struck an abutment at a highway junction. The car overturned into a ditch.
Passing motorists noticed the smoking ruins and notified the patrol.
Culverson said there is no indication thus far that another automobile was involved in the accident. Statham is in North Georgia, about 15 miles west of Athens.

The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1949-08-01