Oxford, MS Nine Killed In Collision, Jul 1957
9 NEGROES KILLED IN COLLISION.
Oxford, Miss., July 8 (AP) - A flaming two-car collision killed nine persons yesterday and critically injured the only survivor. It was Mississippi's worst traffic accident on record.
Four of the dead were pinned in a car that burst into flames. Two others were thrown clear of the burning wreckage. Three were in the car with the only survivor, HOWARD WILLINGHAM, 20 year old of Taylor, Miss., man reported in critical condition at an Oxford hospital.
Highway patrolmen said all 10 were Negroes.
Patrolman M. Q. Parks said skid marks showed the car driven by WHITSON WILLINGHAM, 25, Oxford, was in the wrong lane. The autos crashed on a straight stretch of State Highway 16 at 2:30 a.m. Parks said visibility was good.
Also killed in WILLINGHAM'S car were OLIVE WOOD, 24, Taylor; and OREESE KING, 18, Oxford.
The dead in the other car were:
WILLIE MAE HOUSTON, 21;
TOM HAMILTON, 27, both of Oxford;
DOLPHUS YOUNG, 25;
JUNIOR ATWAITS, 18;
EDDIE AUSTIN, 19, all of Abbeville;
and REESE WATLEY, 19, of Chicago, Ill.
Greenwood Commonwealth Mississippi 1957-07-08