South Bay, FL Headon Automobile Collision, June 1971
FIVE FLORIDIANS KILLED IN WRECK.
South Bay, Fla. (AP) -- A headon automobile smashup on U.S. 27 south of this tiny community killed a family of five, the driver of the second vehicle and critically injured two other passengers Saturday.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the victims were SAMUEL EVANS, JR., 36, of Fort Lauderdale, his wife and three small children and the driver of the second car, GRADY HENDERSON, 56, of Miramar.
Two passengers in the HENDERSON vehicle were reported in critical condition at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in West Palm Beach.
Investigating officer H. D. Buckner of the FHP said EVANS was traveling north on the narrow two-lane highway -- nicknamed "bloody highway 27" -- when his car smashed into one on the southbound lane driven by HENDERSON. All of the victims died on the scene, he said.
A third vehicle, driven by JOHN C. WHITE, 47, of Lake Alfred, plowed into the wreckage but WHITE escaped injury.
The two passengers in HENDERSON'S car, believed to be his sons, were not immediately identified.
The accident took place around mid-day Saturday about seven miles south of this town located near the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee, in Palm Beach County.
Panama City News-Herald Florida 1971-06-06