Copemish, MI Auto And Truck Collision, Jul 1957


Copemish, Mich. (AP) - Seven members of a single family were killed and an eighth critically injured in a car-truck crash outside this northwestern Lower Michigan community Friday. It was the worst July 4th holiday accident reported in the nation.
Three persons survived the crash, but two were in critical condition at a Frankfort, Mich., hospital.
Those killed were members of a Paragould, Ark., family in Michigan to pick cherries between the harvesting of strawberries and cotton on their own farm. It was their third season in this cherry region.
Seven older children of the family of 14 survive. They didn't accompany their parents.
Killed were BYNUM COLLINS, 55;
his wife, FLORENCE, 45;
and five of their children, LINDA, 14; GRAY, 13; HAROLD, 10; THOMAS, 9; and TERRY, 5.
Three-year-old DENNIS was the only BYNUM COLLINS child in the head-on collision to survive. He and a cousin, CLARA COLLINS, 13, and the truck driver, WARFIELD LAWS, 52, of Lake City, Mich., were hospitalized, the boy and girl in critical condition.
BYNUM COLLINS' brother and Clara's father, Wesley, happened upon the accident scene about an hour after it occurred. He identified the dead, after stopping to offer aid.
The Bynum Collins family, traveling in a 1950 car, was en route with Clara to a farm adjoining that of Mrs. Davidson. They had been working near Bay City, where a daughter, Mrs. William Delbridge lives. They were within 15 miles of their destination.
The tragic scene was the intersection of State Highway 115 and a rural road.
Besides Mrs. Delbridge and Dennis, children of Bynum Collins still living are Robert and Jack and Mrs. Janita Harris, of near Tucson, Ariz.; James, of Searcy, Ark.; and Mrs. Tony Zamora, of San Manuel Wells, Ariz.

Ludington Daily News Michigan 1957-07-06