Kent, TX Two Car Collision, Nov 1966
TWO-CAR CRASH KILLS SEVEN MONDAY NIGHT.
Kent, Tex. (AP) - A tire blowout was blamed for a shattering collision of two cars in which two adults and five children died Monday night. Six other persons were injured.
State Patrolman J. P. Kincannon reported the right rear tire burst and swung the automobile of an Oakland, Calif., Negro family across the center of U.S. 80, where an Austin minister's vehicle hit it broadside.
The crash occurred three miles west of here about 7:30 p.m. Kent is between Van Horn and Balmorhea in a thinly settled stretch of far West Texas. State Highway Patrolmen listed these dead:
The REV. ALLEN LAMAR DUNBAR, 36, of Austin, who formerly went by the name Lamar Gillum.
THELMA LLOYD COLEMAN, about 35, of Oakland.
RONALD COLEMAN, 10, and LARRY COLEMAN, 4, sons of the dead woman.
ERIC LLOYD, 4, and FREDERICK LLOYD, 6, sons of CHARLIE LLOYD.
LYNDA LLOYD, 4, daughter of OTIS LLOYD.
Attendants at a Pecos hospital reported CHARLIE and OTIS LLOYD, brothers of MRS. COLEMAN, were injured critically.
Occupants of the DUNBAR car, reported in fair condition at the same hospital, included BOB HANSEN, 37, and Austin landscaper; JAMES DALE FRY, 32, and employee of HANSEN; JOHN LAMAR GILLUM, 14, son of the dead minister, and MIKE LAMAR GILLUM, 14, a cousin of John.
In Van Horn, 33 miles west of where the collision took place, a passing motorist told gasoline station operator J. C. Hamlett the wreckage was so widely scattered he first thought at least four cars were involved.
It took officers more than six hours to identify the dead and injured.
Bodies of the dead were taken to Draper Funeral Home at Van Horn.
The Odessa American Texas 1966-11-29