Childress, TX Two Car Collision Kills Eight, Oct 1966


Childress, Tex. (AP) - An automobile crossed the median strip in the early morning darkness Sunday on U.S. 287 and met another car head-on to kill eight persons and seriously injure four others.
The accident occurred about 13 miles east of this Texas Panhandle city.
Investigators spent six hours to piece together identities from the scattered bodies and late Sunday night did not know for certain addresses of some of the victims.
State police said eight persons were riding in one of the cars with four persons in the second vehicle.
Police identified the dead as RONALD BERNARD JONES, 1 year old, address unknown; his mother, MARELINE JONES, 17, address unknown but believed to be from Wichita Falls; LEO GRIGGS, 22, Wichita Falls; ELIAS FOSTER BURKLEY, 36, Childress; WALTER LORENZO JOHNSON, 23, believed to be from Wichita Falls; CEOLA WATSON, 32, Wichita Falls; MARCELIS HOLMAN, 31, Quitique; WALLIS RAY McAUTHER, 20, Wichita Falls.
MRS. JONES and HOLMAN died in Wichita Falls hospitals.
Injured included:
NORMAN COTTON, 19, Wichita Falls, serious, taken to Wichita Falls General Hospital.
CAROLYN TAYLOR, 19, Wichita Falls, critical condition, taken to Wichita Falls General Hospital.
SAMMIE LEE SMITH, Memphis, Tex., condition fair at Childress Hospital.
BOBBIE GREEN, Quitaque, critical condition at Childress Hospital.

Brownwood Bulletin Texas 1966-10-31