Ruston, LA Automobile Collision, Mar 1937

E. R. SIMPSON KILLED IN AUTOMOBILE CRASH.

COLLISION BETWEEN TWO CARS INJURED FOUR TECH STUDENTS AND WINN MAN.

FLAT TIRE BLAMED FOR CRASH TWO MILES NORTH OF RUSTON EARLY THIS AFTERNOON -- SIMPSON SUFFERS AMPUTATION OF LEG FROM WHICH DEATH WAS CAUSED BY BLEEDING.

Ruston, La. -- E. R. SIMPSON, 38 year old Choudrant timber buyer, was virtually instantly killed this afternoon shortly after 3 o'clock, when the automobile in which he was a passenger, collided with an auto carrying four Bernice students enroute home from Louisiana Tech. SIMPSON died before reaching the Ruston-Lincoln Sanitarium, where he was being rushed by ambulance. Physicians stated that SIMPSON bled to death as the result of having the right leg amputated in the crash.
VERNON RAY, owner and driver of the car in which SIMPSON was killed, sustained a broken bone in the right leg.
In the student auto, TROY SHACKLEFORD, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Shackleford, Bernice, sustained the more serious injury when his head was thrown against the windshield of the car, severely lacerating the face, head, and neck. Others in the car that sustained injuries were FRED GRESHAM, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gresham, Bernice, driver of the car, severe lacerations of the face, and MISS HOPE GREEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Green, Bernice, lacerations of the head and face. MISS HELEN HOLLIS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hollis, Bernice, escaped without injury.
SHACKLEFORD is being kept in the Ruston-Lincoln Sanitarium tonight, while MISS GREEN and GRESHAM have been released, and will be taken under the care of Bernice physicians, it was said.
The accident was caused, according to statement by RAY and the students made to Sheriff Bryan Thigpen, who investigated the crash, by a flat tire on the RAY car, which swerved the car into the center of the highway and into the GRESHAM automobile. RAY was thrown into the windshield of his car, while SIMPSON evidently was caught between the door and side of the GRESHAM auto it was said. Both GRESHAM and SHACKLEFORD stated that they noticed the RAY car swerving as it approached them and that GRESHAM made an attempt to miss the crash by turning toward the shoulder of the highway.
MISS HOLLIS was taken to the nearby home of Dr. and Mrs. P. K. Smith, member of the Louisiana Tech faculty, where she was awaiting her parents from Bernice shortly after the accident.

Ruston Daily Leader Louisiana 1937-03-19