Glasgow, MO Auto Plunges Into Missouri River, Apr 1957


Glasgow, Mo. (AP) - Five young men drowned Wednesday night when a car careened down a hill to Glasgow's main street and plunged down a 60-foot embankment into the Missouri River.
One boy was rescued.
The victims - all about 20 - lived in Glasgow or in and around Fayette, 13 miles southeast of Glasgow, a central Missouri town.
Sheriff Delgar Wells said the car landed 150 yards offshore in waist-deep water and four of the victims were pinned inside.
The sheriff came here to lead a rescue party grappling for the fifth body, that of JERRY HORTON of Fayette.
The victims were identified as WILLIAM CONROW, 23, of Fayette, married and the father of two children; FRANNK ESTILL, about 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Estill, of Lisbon; LENN HOPPER, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hopper of Bunker Hill, Mo.; and JOE STEARNS, son of Mrs. Bessie Stearns of near Fayette, and HORTON, about 20.
Rescued and taken to a hospital was BUDDY KIRBY, about 16, of Fayette, who suffered a broken leg and other injuries.
Dr. W. A. Bloom, coroner, said rescuers found KIRBY sitting on top of the car.
The steep hill dead ends at May Street and traffic is required to make a sharp turn to get onto the bridge which crosses the Missouri River.
Dr. Bloom said the operator of a filling station at the foot of the hill heard the car come down at high speed.

Carroll Daily Times Herald Iowa 1957-04-18