Dallas, TX auto wreck, Jun 1938

Fatal Crossing Marks Up 9th Traffic Death

One man was killed and his brother was injured at East Pike and Belt Line road where nine persons have lost their lives in the last three years.

Dead was Ben F. Rounds, 46, of Fort Worth, who died in Baylor Hospital a little more than two hours after the small coupe he was driving hooked bumpers with another car and rolled over three times.

Seriously injured was his brother, Melbourn Rounds, 25, of St. Paul, Minn., who remained unconscious from a head injury several hours after the accident. It was believed the elder Rounds was driving the car.

It was this intersection that caused Gov. James V. Allred to demand a report from a special committee after the death May 5 of six persons.

Since the committee was appointed warnings signs have been installed at proper distances the four ways from the intersection and cat-eye warning lights for night driving also have been installed.

The report is to be completed within a few days and to it must be added Friday's fatality.

Deputy Sherriff Bill Binford, who investigated the accident, said the car rolled eighty-five feet from the point of impact, but that otherwise there was no indication of excessive speed on the part of either car.

The accident happened at 5:35 p.m. The Rounds brothers were en route from Shreveport west on Highway 80 to Fort Worth when they collided with the automobile of S. R. Coats, 60, of Tripp, Dallas County, who was going north on the Belt line road. Coats was uninjured.

Forty-eight persons have been killed in Dallas County traffic since Jan. 1.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 11 Jun 1938