Alamo, TX Head-On Collision Kills Ten, Feb 1959
10 PERSONS KILLED IN VALLEY CRASH.
FAMILY OF FIVE WIPED OUT IN GRIM TRAGEDY.
Alamo, Tex. - Ten persons, including a family of five, were killed instantly Sunday when a car carrying nine people collided head-on with a car driven by a Mercedes man on the Military Highway 8.6 miles east of Hidalgo.
There were no survivors to the grim tragedy, the worst car wreck in Valley history, police said. According to officials it is second in traffic disasters only to the truck-train wreck in Alamo on March 14, 1940. The Alamo wreck took 29 lives.
The victims in Sunday's crash were:
JOHN TIJERINA CLOSNER, 42, of 948 S. Virginia Ave., Mercedes, the driver of the westbound car.
ANTERO YVANEZ-TOVAR, 37, of Box 853, La Feria, the driver of the car carrying nine persons.
DELFINA MORALES TOVAR, 35, Antero's wife.
JUANA HERNANDEZ-MORALES, 19, of Rio Rico, Mexico, Delfina's daughter, who was visiting in La Feria.
LINDA SAN JUANITA HERNANDEZ, 5, Juana's sister.
BENITO CAMACHO, 32, of La Feria.
ADELIA CAMACHO, 23, Benito's wife.
MINERVA, 3; NINFA, 4; and YOLANDO, 5; Camacho's children.
There were no witnesses to the tragedy, police said, but residents of the tenant houses lining the highway said the impact sounded like an explosion
as it broke the usual early Sunday morning silence.
Joe Handy was reported as the last person to see the nine persons alive and the first person to the scene. He said he was standing at a side door of his house when he saw the green and white 1956 sedan carry the families past. It was 7:30 a.m. and a light rain was falling, he said.
Handy, who doesn't speak English, said the next thing he heard was a boom that sounded like an explosion. He said that by the time he reached the front door, one car was on each side of the road. Smoke was coming from them, but there were no flames.
Neither were there any signs of life, he added.
He said he noticed one man stretched out on the pavement and he ran down the road and flagged two approaching eastbound cars. He said when he came back to the scene, he didn't hear a cry or moan.
Valley Morning Star Harlingen Texas 1959-02-16