Springfield, MO One Car Auto Crash, May 1957


Springfield, Mo. (AP) - Five persons died in an automobile accident about 15 miles northeast of here Saturday night.
Sgt. Al Leslie of the Missouri Highway Patrol said the brand new hardtop apparently was doing between 100 and 110 miles an hour when it ran off U. S. 66 about 15 miles northeast of Springfield Saturday night.
Four of the five occupants were killed outright. The fifth died Sunday.
The driver apparently bore too far to the right after overtaking an automobile transport truck and another car on a straight stretch of the four-lane divided highway, Leslie said. The car went down the outside shoulder, hit a culvert and vaulted 54 feet to shear off a utility pole 12 feet above the ground.
VERNON BATEMAN, 22, had brought the car earlier in the day and presumably was driving. Killed with him were two sets of cousins - JAMES PETTIGREW, 17, and WILLIAM REX PETTIGREW, 16; HOWARD TANNEHILL, 21, and DWAINE TRACY, 18.
All lived in or near Marshfield, Mo., 25 miles northeast of Springfield.

The Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 1957-05-02