Loving, TX Auto And Truck Collision, Sep 1955

TEXAS CAR-TRUCK CRASH KILLS SIX ON WAY TO FOOTBALL GAME.

Loving, Tex. (UP) - Six persons on their way to a high school football game were killed Friday night when their car collided with a Diesel truck loaded with oil field equipment at an intersection east of Loving.
Loving is 50 miles south of the north Texas city of Wichita Falls.
The dead persons were all from Breckenridge, Tex., and were on their way to the Breckenridge-Wichita falls football game at Wichita Falls. Everyone in the car was killed.
"The truck hit the car on the right side and knocked it 60 yards down the side of the road," William C. Blassingame of Loving, who saw the crash said. "Other bystanders and myself pried open the side of the car to get the victims out."
FRED MASTERS, 38, was still alive when he was taken out of the car but died on the way to a hospital at Graham, Tex. The other five were killed instantly.
They were:
MRS. MASTERS, 38;
LEONARD LEO BROWN, 27;
his wife, 25;
ROYCE COZARTH, 14;
and CLIFTON HODGES, 10.
Royce was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Verence Cozarth and Clifton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Hodges.
The driver of the truck was R. D. MANGRUM, JR., 35, of Irving, Tex. His injuries were described as non life threatening.

Daily Inter Lake Kalispell Montana 1955-09-18