Longview, WA Auto Plunges Into Slough, Nov 1959
AUTO PLUNGE INTO SLOUGH KILLS 5 BOYS.
Longview, Wash. (UPI) - A car plunged over a 35 to 40 foot embankment into the Mount Solo Slough Monday night killing five teenage boys. One youth escaped.
The dead, all from Longview, were:
JERRY WALSTON, 15;
and his brother FLOYD WALSTON, 13;
BILL WEBSTER, 16;
and his brother DICK WEBSTER, 13;
and the driver, DOUGLAS RANDOLPH, 17.
FRANCIS HUGHES, 16, was the only survivor.
The sheriff's office said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it plunged over the steep embankment into about 15 feet of water.
HUGHES was able to swim to shore. The others were trapped in the wreckage.
HUGHES, huddled in a blanket and dazed and shaken by the ordeal, told officers about the accident.
The boys had been on a ride. The car missed the turn and landed in the water, HUGHES said.
Sheriff's officers said the mishap was apparently caused by excessive speed. The HUGHES boy said the car hit loose gravel and RANDOLPH lost control.
The car hurtled off the Willow Grove Dike and landed in about 10 or 15 feet of water in Mount Solo Slough. The accident scene was about a mile and one-half west of here.
Police said skindivers had attached a cable to the submerged car Monday night and efforts were being made to pull the car back onto the dike. There was no beach where the car left the road, only a sheer bank.
Albany Democrat-Herald Oregon 1959-11-17