Vicksburg, MS Autos Plunge Into Bayou, Mar 1939
FOUR DEAD, FIVE MISSING AND EIGHT INJURED AS SIX CARS PLUNGE INTO BAYOU.
ONE MACHINE AFTER ANOTHER RUNS INTO SWIRLING WATER AFTER BRIDGE WASHED OUT; MORE BODIES AND CARS SOUGHT.
Vicksburg, Miss., March 30. - (AP) - Plunging of a line of motor cars into Clear Creek Bayou at a bridge washout last night killed four persons, injured eight and left five missing today.
Six or more machines dropped 50 feet into the bayou, swelled by torrential rainfall, after floodwaters undermined the bridge approach in the darkness.
Divers today were searching for more cars and bodies in the swollen, 20 foot deep stream that flows below the road level, 10 miles east of Vicksburg.
The known dead:
S. M. WILSON, Jackson, Miss.
MARCUS MEEKS, Jackson, Miss.
M. W. BEAVER, Jackson bridge worker.
MRS. MARK SCHRACK MURRAY, trained nurse of Mansfield, Ohio.
MRS. ANN TURNER, Memphis trained nurse.
CLAUDE COX, Jackson, Miss.
MISS MARGARET GUICE, Memphis nurse.
NORMAN SCHLEMMER and R. B. JONES, Vicksburg business men.
W. A. BRAGG, Vicksburg; his son GEORGE BRAGG.
LEROY MEEKS, brother of MARCUS MEEKS.
RUPERT LEWIS, Florence, Miss., truck driver.
MISS GLADYS SHRACK, sister of MARY SHRACK.
R. C. TINDALL, Hollandale, Miss.
W. A. BRANNON, Clinton Roads, Miss.
L. C. McINTOSH, Vicksburg, Miss.
One After Another.
The first car, Rupert Lewis said, plunged into the bayou shortly before 9:35 p.m. He said the truck he was driving went into the water at that time and he saw one automobile disappear ahead of him.
Officers expressed belief the other machines followed Rupert's truck in a period of less than an hour.
The bridge crossed the bayou just about its junction with the Big Black River. Two middle spans were torn out by the flood, leaving a 100 foot abyss in the heavily traveled Vicksburg-Jackson Highway.
The bayou is screened by a thick grove. The injured persons floundered in the darkness and some were swept along by the current before finding a place to climb from the stream.
Denton Record-Chronicle Texas 1939-03-30