Eufaula, AL Two Auto Collision, June 1961


Eufaula, Ala. (AP) - A splintering crash killed seven persons as two cars rammed head-on on a straight stretch of highway near this east Alabama town Thursday night.
There were no survivors and the two cars were demolished.
Highway Patrol Sgt. D. L. Thompson said the cars were as torn up as any he had ever seen.
Six of the victims were from Georgia, four of them members of one family. The other victim was from Alabama.
They were identified as:
MR. and MRS. WILLIE DUDLEY, aged 61 and 58 respectively;
JAMES M. DUDLEY, 31, their son;
GEORGE NATION, 73, an uncle, all of Rome, Ga.;
MR. and MRS. LEE THOMAS McCRARY, aged 24 and 19, of near Silver Creek, Ga.;
and IRBY C. GRIFFIN, 28, of Abbeville, Ala.
The elder DUDLEYS and NATION had been visiting with a son Clifford Dudley, in Panama City, Fla. The McCrarys and James Dudley had driven down Thursday to return them to Rome.
The accident happened shortly after 8 p.m. on busy U.S. 431, a major North-South artery to the Gulf Coast.
Thompson said there was no explanation for the crash. He said the collision took place on a straight stretch of the road which was on a slight grade.
The weather was clear and the road was dry, he said.

The Greenwood Commonwealth Mississippi 1961-06-16