Blythe, CA Auto Plunges Into Canal, Mar 1957

FIVE DROWN IN BLYTHE CANAL.

VICTIMS TRAPPED IN SUNKEN SEDAN.

Blythe (AP) - Five persons drowned Saturday night when their car spun off the road and plunged into an irrigation canal five miles north of here - landing upside down in eight feet of water.
The California Highway Patrol said the victims were trapped in the sunken sedan - unable to get out because the doors were jammed.
Officers identified them as MRS. JAMES MENEFEE, 18, believed to be from Los Angeles; MRS. JAMES SHEPHARD, 20; MISS WILLIE DEAN FORD, 15; JOHN DAVIS, JR., 20; and LACEY BOWEN, JR., 20, all of Blythe.
Patrolman said MRS. MENEFEE, the driver, apparently was unfamiliar with the road and missed a curve. She and MISS FORD were sisters, the officers reported.
Patrol records show the tragedy brought to eight the number of persons who have been killed here since Christmas by driving into canals.

San Bernardino County Sun California 1957-04-01