Lincolnton, NC Two Auto Collision, Sep 1965
NINE PERSONS DIE IN CRASH.
BLOWOUT IS BLAMED IN CAROLINA WRECK.
Lincolnton, N.C. (AP) - The jarring crash of two automobiles on a moonlit highway straightaway late Friday night killed all nine North Carolinians in the two vehicles.
Both cars remained upright but were badly mangled.
State Trooper Howard Camp said evidence pointed to a rear tire blowout on a westbound car driven by RAY FIELD FARLEY, 21, of Rt. 2, Vale.
Camp said the left rear tire apparently blew out just before the car topped a slight hill on N.C. 27 about 11 miles west of Lincolnton.
Camp said the car wobbled along about 135 feet on its side of the highway, then apparently cut abruptly to its left and into the path of an eastbound station wagon driven by ERNEST LEE SELF, 49, of Rt. 2, Lawndale.
SELF, his wife LAURA MINNIE SELF, 49, and the youngest of their 12 children, MICHAEL, 6, died in the accident.
The station wagon tore into the right side of the automobile.
Those killed in addition to FARLEY were BRENDA FARLEY, 17; BENNIE WHITE, 14; GENNIE WHITE, 19; and PAUL BRYANT, 18, all of Rt. 2, Vale, and CLEMMER BANKS, 23, of Rt. 1 Cherryville.
Coroner Marvin Drum said no inquest was planned.
Highway patrolmen said the accident was the worst two-car collision since July 23, 1964, when 10 persons in two automobiles were killed in Lenoir County.
North Carolina's worst highway traffic accident occurred June 6, 1957, when a tractor-trailer truck collided with a truck carrying migrant farm workers on U.S. 301 north of Fayetteville. Twenty-one persons were killed in that wreck.
Springfield Leader and Press Missouri 1965-09-12