Granbury, TX Head On Crash, Apr 1976


Granbury, Tex. (AP) - The deaths of six popular high school students in a lunchtime traffic accident stunned this small ranching community.
"They were just fine young boys and girls," said Principal Willie Crossland as he thumbed through the Granbury High School annual. "It's a big shock. I feel like anyone who'd been here any length of time probably knew every one of these students."
The head-on collision four miles west of the north-central Texas town of 3,000 killed seven people shortly before noon Wednesday. Six of the dead - the students - were in one car. The seventh victim was the lone occupant of the other vehicle.
Crossland said the students were on a lunch break and apparently were headed for Tolar, a small community nearby where they often ate at a popular restaurant. Students are allowed to go off campus for lunch, he said.
Pronounced dead at the scene were CRAIG ALLAN HILLMAN, 16, identified by state police as the driver of the car; GLENNA CROW, 16; BETTY COTTEN, 16; JEWELL ROBERTSON, 16, and FRANKIE JOHNSON, all of Granbury, and JIMMY CRAIG SCHAEFER, 24, of Stephenville, driver of the second car. Another student, ROBIN BRAY, 15, also of Granbury, died of injuries in a Fort Worth hospital.
JIMMY PERKINS, 16, of Granbury, also in the students' car, was listed in satisfactory condition late Wednesday at a Fort Worth hospital. He was the lone survivor of the collision which demolished both cars.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but Crossland said classes probably would be suspended for part of a day so students can attend the funerals for those killed.
Granbury is about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said there were no witnesses to the accident.

The Town Talk Alexandria Louisiana 1976-04-08