Noonday, TX Auto And Pickup Truck Crash, Aug 1964


Noonday, Tex. (UPI) - Monday, six members of the ERWIN REDEKER family headed home for Milford, Ill., after the happy duty of delivering the oldest REDEKER girl, Dorothy, to her first teaching assignment, a job in the little Texas town of Giddings.
Shortly after noon, the REDEKERS drove into a heavy rain storm just south of Tyler. Witnesses, rain-blinded, could not tell if it was the REDEKER car or the truck that skidded on the slick highway.
The head-on collision left nine dead.
The four men killed in the pickup truck were LOUIS EDWARD GILL, 28, of Winona, Tex.; and WILLIAM DAVIS FRIZZELL, 25; FREDDY HAMMONDS, 19; and LEON WARD, 43, all of Tyler.
Killed in the REDEKER car were the father, ERWIN, 45, his wife CAROLYN, 47, their son, FRANKLIN, 16, and two teen-age daughters, ALMA and BEVERLY.
The only survivor of the wreck was the youngest REDEKER girl, GAYLE, 8, who today was in fair condition in Tyler Medical Center Hospital.
Dorothy was at her side today, but had not told Gayle that the two of them are alone now.

The Monitor McAllen Texas 1964-08-25