Cumming, GA Auto Plunges Into Lake, Dec 1964

LAKE PLUNGE KILLS SEVEN IN GEORGIA.

Cumming, Ga. (AP) - The Rodgers and the Brown families left a hen cooking on a stove and set out for an orchard to get some apples to complete their Christmas dinner.
The hen was never eaten.
Seven members of the two families died Christmas Day. Their station wagon, with JOHN E. BROWN, 24, at the wheel, smashed through a guard rail, crashed down a 30-foot embankment and plunged into Lake Lanier.
"I knew we were going too fast," said BILLY RODGERS, 20. "If I recall, I asked him to slow down. A tire gave way and went spinning around. We hit the guard rail and went over."
"That's the last thing I remember until I came to the top of the water. My wife was struggling, and I started pulling her out; she can't swim."
MRS. RODGERS, 21, said her daughter, AMANDA LEE, 3, was playing with a doll she had been given for Christmas just before she died.
State Trooper H. G. Pope said BROWN had been drinking. He and his wife, 24, were drowned.
Also killed were three of their children, THOMAS, 6; BRENDA SUE, 4; and JOYCE ANN, 1; and BILLY BRADFORD RODGERS, 2.
Coroner Crafton Brooks said all the victims had drowned.
Officers said an unidentified couple apparently had pulled two children - CARROLL CHRISTINE RODGERS, 3 months, and LINDA BROWN, 3 - from the water. They were hospitalized in serious condition.
The Rodgers were treated and released.
Officers said the 1959-model auto had run off Brown's Bridge Road at Two-Mile Creek, about nine miles northeast of Cumming.

Brownwood Bulletin Texas 1964-12-27