Lake Wales, FL Two Auto Collision, Sep 1956
8 DIE IN 2 CAR FLORIDA WRECK - ONE LONE SURVIVOR.
Lake Wales, Fla. (AP) - Eight persons lost their lives when two cars collided last night.
Lone survivor was a small Negro boy in critical condition at Orlando General Hospital.
The impact of the two cars was so great that one was bent in the shape of a half moon.
Troopers A. P. Edlin and Ronald Gaiskell said these were the dead:
Airman LEONARD JOHNSON, 28, of Winter Haven and Pinecastle Air Force Base, and his fellow passenger, FRANK F. GANN, 28, a citrus worker of nearby Eloise. Both were white men together in one of the cars.
LONNIE STEVENSON, 56, driver of the second car, who lived at Pierce; his wife, ALTHA, 42; ERLENE STEVENSON, 17; B. J.,
4; RUBY LEE, 6; and an unidentified woman, all Negroes.
The survivor is believed to be the son of the unidentified woman.
Trooper Edlin said JOHNSON apparently was driving rapidly and was unable to handle his car on the long gradual curve where the wreck occurred three miles west of here.
The Delta Democrat-Times Greenville Mississippi 1956-09-17