Hempstead, TX Train And Truck Collision, May 1955
FAMILY OF SEVEN KILLED IN MISHAP.
SPEEDING TRAIN CRASHES INTO MIGRANT WORKERS.
Hempstead, Tex., May 21. - (AP) - Seven migrant cotton workers, all members of the same family, were killed today when the truck in which they were riding collided with the Southern Pacific's No. 13, know to non-railroaders as the Sunbeam. The streamliner was enroute to Dallas from Houston.
Five of the family died instantly. A sixth died in the Waller County Hospital a short time after the 9:15 a.m. crash and the seventh died late this afternoon in the same hospital.
The dead were listed by Waller County authorities as:
JUAN M. GONZALES, 55, of Floresville;
PAUL GONZALES, 32, a son;
JUAN GONZALES, JR., 21, a son;
BASILO GONZALES, about 43, believed to be a brother of Juan Gonzales;
JESUSITA GONZALES, 17, a daughter;
MRS. DOMAZIO GONZALES, 21, a daughter-in-law;
LEONARDO GONZALES, 18, a son.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Whitworth said the passenger train was making about 70 miles an hour when the accident occurred.
He quoted engineer W. G. Parker of Ennis, as saying the truck was also going fast at the time of the impact.
Several small children were orphaned by the accident.
The Odessa American Texas 1955-05-22