Great Bend, KS Auto Crashes Into Parked Car, Jun 1959


Great Bend, Kan. (AP) - A speeding car smashed into another parked on a highway near Great Bend Wednesday night, killing four persons and injuring a fifth.
The dead:
DEAN HAMMOND, about 45, Great Bend;
his wife, ORPHA, 45;
MELVIN R. BOYD, about 50, Great Bend;
and SILTON GLEN GOUTREAUX, 23, Derby, Colo.
The injured man was J. C. WARD, 21, of Bennett, Colo., who had come to Kansas with GOUTREAUX to work in the wheat harvest, WARD suffered a leg fracture and other injuries.
The accident was on K-96 a half-mile northwest of Great Bend.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said GOUTREAUX and WARD pulled off the pavement when their car ran out of gas. The HAMMONDS stopped to offer aid and BOYD'S car rammed the HAMMOND car from the rear without leaving skid marks.
The HAMMOND car was hurled 100 feet into a wheat field and exploded in flames.
The two Coloradoans, standing beside the HAMMOND car, were flung 150 and 100 feet.

The Ottawa Herald Kansas 1959-06-18