Woodville, TX Three Car Crash Kills Seven, Aug 1956

SEVEN DIE IN 3-CAR CRASH AFTER TEXAS CHURCH PICNIC.

Woodville, Tex. (UP) - Seven Beaumont residents en route home from a church outing on Lake Tejas near Woodville were killed late Saturday in a three-automobile crash.
All the dead were occupants of the same car and members of the Washington Boulevard Christian Church of Beaumont. Four were killed instantly. Three others died in the Tyler County Hospital, Woodville.
The dead:
JULIAN WILLIAM GERNARD, JR., 18;
MRS. W. H. BELSHE, 29;
her daughter WANDA GAIL BELSHE, two;
JERRY BURNETT, 18;
NANCY HAMIE, 17;
MONROE COOPER BUSBY, 16;
and SHARON MABRY, 16.
Two other persons in a second car were injured critically and given only a slim chance to live. They were ROY CADE, JR, 20, of Hillister, Tex., the driver; and WILLIE D. JERUE, 20, of Woodville.
The accident happened on U.S. 69, six miles south of Woodville. Both cars were heading south, toward Beaumont. The CADE car crashed into the rear of the other car, driven by GERNARD.
The car occupied by the church members left the highway and crashed into a massive pine tree, folding up as a matchbox would if stood on end and stepped on.
The CADE car bounced head-on into a car approaching from the other direction. It was occupied by Mrs. Edna Wigley, 48, of Woodville and her young son. Neither was hurt.

Independent Press-Telegram Long Beach California 1956-08-05