Newport, AR Two Car Collision Kills Six, Aug 1958
SIX PERSONS ARE KILLED IN CRASH NEAR NEWPORT.
By The Associated Press.
A fiery two-car collision near Newport yesterday took the lives and boosted Arkansas's Labor Day weekend death toll to nine. Four of the traffic accident victims were from Oil Trough.
The holiday total brought the weeks count to 17 violent deaths, including 11 in traffic mishaps.
The weekend toll included six in traffic accidents, one by drowning and two from miscellaneous causes.
State Police had predicted that six persons would die on Arkansas highways during the holiday period that began at 6 p.m. Friday and continues to Monday midnight.
The Newport smashup fulfilled the police prediction in a few rending, flame-filled seconds.
All six victims were burned so badly that identification was impossible immediately. Several hours after the accident, police said it might be Tuesday before occupants of one car were identified.
The Oil Trough residents, all occupants of one car, were identified as:
TERRELL JAMES, 19;
his 14-year-old brother W. A. JAMES;
PAUL RAY ROBERTSON, 25;
and DON TUCKER, 24.
Lt. Bill Walker, commander of the State Police Newport headquarters, said W. A. JAMES was driving.
Walker said that both cars bore California license plates and the one occupied by the Oil Trough men was believed owned by TERRELL JAMES who the officer said was home on leave from the service.
Walker said James probably had registered the car while serving in California.
The only clue to the identity of the two men in the other vehicle one flipped upside down on the other, Walker said. Both burst into flames and fire blocked the highway for an hour.
Hope Star Arkansas 1958-09-01