Dothan, AL Cars In Head-On Crash, Dec 1958



Dothan (UPI) - Seven persons, three of them soldiers, were killed early today when two cars collided head-on about five miles west of here.
The highway patrol said one of the cars was on the wrong side of the road at the time of the high speed smashup. The accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m.
Three other persons were injured, not seriously, the highway patrol said.
Officers said a car driven by RICHARD RAY LOCKNAME, 23, of Ft. Rucker, Ala., smashed into a car driven by CLIFFORD C. FOWLER, 39, of Dothan.
Dead in Lockname's car were:
LOCKNAME; JOHN A. JANNEY, 20, and ROY RAIDER, 22, all soldiers stationed at nearby Ft. Rucker, and RUTH A. MORELAND, 27, of Dothan.
Injured in Lockname's car were JOE MAC WARD, 28, and CHARLES N. STARNES, 17, both of Ft. Rucker.
Dead in Fowler's car were:
FOWLER; GEORGE H. BRAGAN, 23; and WILLIAM C. WHITTAKER, 23, of Dothan. Injured in Fowler's car was DONALD RAY CHEEK, 29, of Dothan.
Highway Patrolman Claude Prier said the soldiers apparently had been drinking "and they were traveling just as fast as you could go. I'd say in excess of 100 miles per hour."
Prier, first on the scene with Patrolman M. S. Vickery, gave the following account:
"This is the worst one I've seen since I've been down here - and that's 10 years. It was a rough one. We had a lot of trouble getting the bodies out of the cars because they were so squashed in."
"The soldiers definitely had been drinking. They on a pass from Ft. Rucker."

The Anniston Star Alabama 1958-12-02