Snyder, TX Head On Crash Kills Six, Dec 1959



By B. G. Joyner.
Reporter-News Staff Writer.

Snyder - Six persons were killed in a grinding head-on automobile collision three miles southwest of Snyder on Texas Highway 350 Tuesday night only a few hours before the state's holiday death watch begins.
All six, three in each car, were pronounced dead on arrival at Cogdell Memorial Hospital in Snyder. The accident happened at 7:30 p.m. on the crest of a hill. The weather was clear and the pavement dry.
In one car were DONALD RAY HANEY, 23, of Rt. 1 Snyder; his wife, BARBARA BROWN HANEY, 24, and ROBERT J. BEARDEN, 24, of 3766 Ave. V. Snyder, a Texas Tech student.
An Oklahoma Air Force master sergeant and his family were in the other car. Dead were M. Sgt. ELMO CARRET BUFORD, 44, of Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; his wife, KATHERINE HOPE BUFORD, 33, and their two-year-old daughter ELLEN WINNELLE.
Investigating highway patrolmen W. L. Cleveland said it is presumed HANEY was driver of a 1955 Oldsmobile which was headed north. It is also presumed that Sgt. BUFORD was driving the 1952 Chevrolet headed south.
The impact of the collision drove the motor of the Oldsmobile into the back seat of the car. The cars came to rest on the west side of the pavement and after the impact it appeared that there was only one vehicle on the highway, so forceful was the crash.
The Air Force family was en route to Midland to visit Sgt. Buford's brother, William. The Haneys and Bearden were returning to Snyder from Odessa and Big Spring.
Bodies of MR. and MRS. HANEY and BEARDEN are at Bolger Funeral Home in Snyder and the bodies of the Air Force family are at Bell Funeral Home.
Bearden's survivors include his mother, Mrs. Ruby Bearden of Snyder, and five brothers, Olin, Ronald, Lowell and Clyde Bearden, all of Snyder, and Frank Bearden of Durango, Colo.

Abilene Reporter-News Texas 1959-12-23