Atlanta, TX Head-On Auto Collision, Jan 1958


Atlanta, Tex., Jan. 4 (AP) - Five youths were killed early today in a head-on crash. Three died in a burning car, another was thrown free and a fifth crushed behind a steering wheel.
The dead, all from nearby Queens City, in the car that burned were JIMMY RAY CHAMBLEE, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Chamblee; RAYMOND SHELBY, 15, son of Mrs. Velma Shelby, and OGLE WISE , 24, son of Mrs. Olan Wise.
Airman ROBERT HALL, 20, was pinned in the wreckage of his auto and Airman JAMES WEST, 19, was thrown clear. The two were driving back to Foster Air Force Base at Victoria, Tex., where they were stationed.
A.2.C. HALL'S parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Hall, live at Kinmundy, Ill. A.2.C. WEST'S parents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. West of Chicago.
The cars met on U.S. 59, 2 1/2 miles north of Atlanta, in Northeast Texas about 2:30 a.m.
Highway Patrolman Bill Dowd said investigation indicated the car in which the three were riding was traveling north on the wrong side of the highway.
It overturned in a shallow ditch and burned. Firemen from Atlanta extinguished the blaze before the charred bodies were removed.
One car was knocked 150 feet and a motor was flung 50 feet by the impact.

Denton Record-Chronicle Texas 1958-01-05