Denison, TX Butane Truck And Auto Crash, Nov 1944

BROTHER OF MRS. A. B. MARTIN AMOND SEVEN KILLED WHEN BLAZING BUTANE ENVELOPES SECTION OF DENISON.

JOHN MARSHALL of Sherman, a brother of Mrs. A. B. Martin of 2216 Hughes Street, Amarillo, was one of the seven persons fatally injured in Denison yesterday in an explosion resulting from the collision of a butane tank truck and an automobile.
MRS. MARSHALL, wife of the Sherman man, was severely burned according to information received by friends here.
MRS. MARTIN left last night for Denison. The Amarillo woman is the widow of Judge A. B. Martin, who died several years ago.
Eyewitness reports said flames engulfed victims more than a half block away from the scene and the explosion rocked homes over a wide area.
H. F. HAMMOND, of Sherman, one of the victims, was blown 250 feet and fell to the ground with his clothing aflame.
Nine of more than 27 other persons injured when blasts rocked a block in Denison at 4:57 P.M. yesterday, were in the hospital.
Denison Police Chief Paul Horum, whose department was investigating, called it "the
worst tragedy in the city's history."
A small grocery store was blown to bits, and trees and residences in the block suffered fire and explosion damage.
JOHN MARSHALL and AUSTIN JORDAN, Denison taxi-driver, died this morning.
The other dead were:
W. L. SWEENEY, Kansas City, Kans.
MRS. W. L. SWEENEY, Kansas City.
F. L. NIX, Denison.
H. F. HAMMOND, Sherman.
LONNIE IKER, Denison.
Listed as the remaining most critically injured were MRS. C. A. BASS, of Denison; MRS. JOHN MARSHALL, of Sherman, and MRS. R. B. MARSHALL, of Dallas.
MARSHALL was believed to have been in the car which figured in the accident.
Eyewitnesses said a butane truck driver by JEFF WHITFIELD of Denison and an automobile containing MR. and MRS. JOHN MARSHALL and MRS. R. B. MARSHALL collided in the northeast part of town. The collision apparently knocked the cap from the butane truck.

The Amarillo Globe-Times Texas 1944-11-22