Mexico, MO Three Car Accident Kills Six, May 1958
3-CAR ACCIDENT TAKES SIX LIVES WEST OF MEXICO.
SHERIFF TO SUGGEST MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE AGAINST ONE DRIVER.
A shattering three-car collision followed by fire snuffed out the lives of six persons on U.S. 54 just west of Mexico, Mo., Sunday night.
Four members of a family were killed in one car. They were identified as MR. and MRS. CARL K. WEEKLEY and their sons, SONNY, 10, and KELLY, 14, of Sullivan.
Dead in a second car were MONTIE MILNER, 46, and his wife, DOROTHY, 50, of Wellsville.
The third car was driven by DONALD P. FEGER, about 30, of Mexico. Troopers said he was treated for a minor abrasion above the left eye and released.
Witnesses said FEGER'S vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the MILNER car in the rear about .8 of a mile south of Mexico. The impact caused the MILNER car to weave into the path of the WEEKLEY auto.
In the crash, the gas tank of the WEEKLEY car was torn off and thrown under the MILNER and WEEKLEY vehicles. The gas tank exploded and both cars went up in flames.
FEGER'S vehicle veered off to the right and was only slightly damaged.
Traffic was tied up on the highway more than two hours. The Mexico Fire Department was called out to extinguish the blaze. The WEEKLEY car was destroyed. It exploded and burned after impact. The bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Harry Lee Cowley and Tom Persons, 29, both of Mexico, said they saw the FEGER car going at a high rate of speed just before the crash. They were about one mile east of the accident site when the crash occurred.
Jefferson City Post-Tribune Missouri 1958-05-19