San Antonio, TX Auto Crash Kills Six, Aug 1958
MULTIPLE FATALITY CRASH LEADS TRAGEDIES.
San Antonio (UPI) - A carload of six young cousins returning from a teenage dance plunged a guard rail and fell 40 feet into a creek bed early Sunday, killing them all.
The father of two of them found the twisted wreckage about three hours later when he went to look for his boys who had not returned home.
The wreck was the worst of three multiple fatality crashes that killed 15 persons in Texas, including two families. Nearly all of the victims were youngsters.
Sheriff's officers said the young cousins had been to a dance at Poteet, 30 miles south of San Antonio. They were taking the San Antonio cousin home at the time of the crash 14 miles south of San Antonio on a state highway.
Officers identified the victims as:
DIXIE HARR, 15;
TERESA HARR, 13;
RAYMOND LEE KING, 16;
and JAMES KING, 13, all of Poteet;
FAYDELLE HARR, 23, of Millett;
and DWIGHT COFFEE, 20, of San Antonio.
RAYMOND KING was believed to have been driving when the car hit a guard rail and plunged into the dry creek bed. Workers using blow torches spent nearly two hours cutting through the demolished automobile to reach the bodies after the wreckage was found.
The KING brothers' father told officers he went to look for the group when his boys did not return home by 3 a.m. He saw a smashed guard rail near the accident scene and found the wreckage. The father went to the nearest telephone and called for help and then collapsed while rescue crews worked to recover the bodies.
Valley Morning Star Harlingen Texas 1958-08-18