Lynn Haven, FL Auto Collision Kills Five, Sep 1956


Northwest Florida's worst highway accident last night took the lives of five persons and injured three others.
Killed at about 10 p.m. last night at the intersection of State Roads 389 and 390 about two miles from Lynn Haven were four family members and a man thought to be a border with them.
They were tentatively identified last night as:
BUD SAWYER and his wife of Rt. 1, Geneva, Ala.;
their daughter-in-law MRS. LEON SAWYER;
and a grandchild about three years old from Panama City. The boarder was identified as JAMES D. MILLER of Geneva.
The younger SAWYER and another child, DOLBY, an infant of about nine months, were taken to Bay Memorial Hospital by Smith Funeral Home ambulance where they were in serious condition last night. All of the above persons were traveling in a 1949 Chevrolet sedan.
Driver of the other vehicle, a truck, was FERME FLOWERS, about 28, of Lynn Haven. FLOWERS an electrician , was taken to Bay Hospital by Smith ambulance, where he underwent surgery last night, hospital attendants reported. He also was listed as critical.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Harold Siprell investigated the accident, and had not completed his report of how the tragedy occurred by press time last night. However, it seemed apparent from physical evidence that one of the vehicles failed to recognize a stop sign at the intersection and the truck crashed into the family sedan.
Reports last night indicated that the elder SAWYER and MILLER were killed instantly and the other three persons were pronounced dead on arrival at the local hospital.

Panama City News-Herald Florida 1956-09-14