Laurinburg, NC Car And Truck Collision, Dec 1971


Laurinburg, N.C. (AP) - A car-truck collision near Laurinburg in southeastern North Carolina Sunday afternoon killed seven persons, including four children.
All seven were riding in a car. The vehicle was struck by a medium-size van on U.S. 401 near Wagram, about eight miles north of Laurinburg in Scotland County.
The driver of the car was identified by the Highway Patrol as LARRY K. DOSTER, 23, of Farmersville, La., a soldier at Ft. Bragg.
His passengers were identified as MRS. MARGARET H. RETZLAFF, 29, of Spring Lake, N.C., and her children, BARBARA RETZLAFF, 10, and KIMBERLY RETZLAFF, 3; Mrs. Retzlaff's sister, MRS. BARBARA HORNE INGRAM, 34, of Bennettsville, S.C., and her children, KAREN INGRAM, 12, and GLENN INGRAM, 10.
The driver of the truck was taken to a hospital, but he was not seriously injured. The driver identified as GEORGE S. COWART, a Ft. Bragg soldier, told police the car swerved in front of him on a slight curve. It was drizzling rain at the time and police said the car apparently had a blowout that caused the driver to lose control.
Newsmen at the scene said the bodies were so badly mangled that some had to be taken away in plastic disaster bags. The wreck occurred at about 1:30 p.m.

The Robesonian Lumberton North Carolina 1971-12-13