Wytheville, VA Two Car Crash Kills Six, Sep 1959


Wytheville (AP) - Six persons were killed and one injured Saturday when two cars collided on a curve of busy U.S. 11. ten miles east of this southwest Virginia town.
Both vehicles were described as totally demolished. Reports said bodies were strewn over the road and in ditches. One was under a car whose motor had been driven into the drivers' seat.
Five of the victims were dead when State Police arrived. The sixth may have died en route to a Wytheville hospital.
The lone survivor of the crash, a 23-year-old man from southwest Virginia, was identified at a Wytheville hospital as ROBERT LEE MANUEL, JR., the driver of one car.
Dead in the wreckage of MANUEL'S car were DAVID DANIEL BRATTON, 27, and an unidentified man in his 60's, both of Pulaski.
In the other car were two Alabama couples - MR. and MRS. R. E. BARNETT of Hanceville and MR. and MRS. J. T. CLARK of Steppville. The BARNETTS were both in their 60's. CLARK'S age was listed as 73 but his wife's age was not available.
State Trooper V. P. Slemp said it was impossible to determine at once which direction the respective cars were traveling.

2-Lane Stretch.
The scene was a short, two-lane stretch of the highway situated between broad, four-lane divided expanses which run both to the east and west. The spot was pinpointed one-half mile west of Carter's Wayside in Wythe County.
The Alabama car was listed as a 1956 Chevrolet sedan while the Virginia car was said to be a 1952 Chrysler two-door sedan.
The day was clear and crisp with good visibility at 2:45 p.m., the reported time. There was no indication what might have caused the two cars to collide.
Less than a mile away on the same highway the driver of a small sports car died and a friend was injured Friday afternoon.

The Progress-Index Petersburg Virginia 1959-09-20