Whitakers, NC Auto Plunges Into Creek, Apr 1968


Whitakers, N.C. (UPI) - Eight Puerto Rican migrant farm laborers drowned early Sunday when their station wagon plunged 180 feet down an embankment and into a creek off U.S. 301 near here.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said two persons survived. Occupants of a companion car stopped and pulled them out of the wreckage. Six of the victims were from one family.
The dead were identified as CONFESOR SANCHEZ, 45, of Lake Worth, Fla.; five of his children, JUANITA, 20, LOUISE, 10, FRANCISCO, 3, BLANCA, 6, and SONYA, 1; and ELBERTO ROSADO, 24, and his wife, SANTA, 23, also of Lake Worth.
MRS. JUANA SANCHEZ, 48, was listed in critical condition at a Rocky Mount hospital with a collapsed lung and multiple shoulder fractures.
JOSE ANTONIO SANCHEZ, 22, another son, was listed in fair condition at the same hospital with a fractured arm and contusions.
Trooper William Pridgen said JOSE SANCHEZ was driving the car which was en route from Lake Worth to New Jersey.
Pridgen said unidentified relatives and friends in the trailing car pulled JOSE and JUANA from the station wagon which had landed on its top in the creek.
Pridgen said JOSE, the driver, apparently fell asleep.
Officers said the station wagon evidently ran about 60 yards along the shoulder of the road before plunging into the 10-foot-deep creek.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Texas 1968-04-15