Cuba, MO Auto Collision Kills Seven, May 1957


Cuba, Mo., May 29 (AP) - A highway intersection crash killed seven persons today in central Missouri's worst highway accident in more than 10 years. Five others were injured.
One car pulled onto U.S. Highway 66 from Missouri Highway 19 and was rammed by another car in which five members of a suburban Chicago family were headed west on Route 66.
The intersection on the outskirts of this east central Missouri town is marked by a blinker signal, with traffic on the federal highway having right of way.
MRS. MARJORIE PARSON, 30, of Melrose Park, Ill., died after the crash in a hospital in nearby Rolla, Mo.
Killed in the Missouri car were HENRY ALLISON, 49, his wife, ETHELYN; CLARENCE BYARS, about 70, and his wife, MAY ELIZABETH, all of Auxvasse, Mo.; and SAM WATTS, about 70, and his wife, SUE, both of Mexico, Mo. MRS. BYARS was a sister of MRS. WATTS and the mother of MRS. ALLISON.
GERALD PARSON, 36, of Melrose Park, husband of one victim and driver of their car, was quoted by police as saying "the car just jumped out in front of me - I didn't see it in time."
The PARSON car left skid marks for a short distance to the point of impact. It apparently struck the side of the Missouri car.
PARSON was reported in serious condition and his daughter, SANDRA, 8, in critical condition at a Rolla hospital. Less seriously injured were two more PARSON children, JENNY, 6, and JERRY, 4, and BILLY JOE ALLISON, only survivor in the Missouri car.

Decatur Daily Review Illinois 1957-05-30