Del Rio, TX Truck Crash Kills Seven, Oct 1954

TRUCK CRASH KILLS SEVEN AT DEL RIO.

Del Rio, Texas, Oct. 31 (AP) - Seven men were killed when a cattle truck loaded with 85 Mexican migrant workers struck a low culvert and overturned five miles northwest of here shortly before dawn today.
Sixty of the men were injured, three of them critically, and the other survivors suffered shock when the huge tractor-trailer truck was demolished after it straddled one of the rails of the culvert, plunged down an incline and overturned.
Charges of negligent homicide first degree were filed here at noon against the driver of the truck, Rayford Lynn Hewett, 17, of Plainview, Texas, who was uninjured in the crash. His bond was set at $500.
Del Rio hospitals were jammed when seven ambulances, shuttling back and forth between the crash scene and city, brought 35 of the victims to the three hospitals.
Twenty-five other injured were taken to the police station where they were treated by Dr. W. P. Meredith, county health officer. Their injuries ranged from loss of an eye to broken legs.
Five of the victims were killed instantly and two others died shortly afterwards.
The dead were all from northern Mexico. They were identified as MIGUEL MORALES VIRGEN, 50; REFUGIO NAVARRO LAVIOS; TIBURCIO BERNAL HERRERA, 37; FRANCISCO MARTINEZ CONTRERAS, 20; RAUL AGUIRRE SANCHEZ, 29; MANUEL GARCIA TREVINO, 31; and JOSE GONZALES CARRIZALES. Their home towns were unavailable.
The migrant workers who had permits for farm employment, were en route from Plainview to Eagle Pass for return to Mexico.
They had been employed by the Hi-Plains Cotton Co. of Plainview.

The Waco News-Tribune Texas 1954-11-01