Houston, Pickup Truck And Train Crash, Nov 1959

TRAIN-PICKUP CRASH KILLS 8.

Houston (AP) - A northbound Rock Island passenger train and a pickup truck smashed together at a grade crossing Sunday night. Officers recovered mangled bodies from the wrecked truck and eight were killed.
County medical investigator Frank Murray said,
"There were supposed to be eight in the truck. But it's impossible to tell how many bodies there are because they're cut up so bad. We have used search lights and done everything we can but I doubt if we have them all."
"We will have to go back in daylight and look some more," Murray added.
Police tentatively identified the truck occupants as:
DOYLE PATTON, 31;
his wife JUNITA, 29;
their four children, DON LAVERNE, 10;
JANICE DIANE, 12;
SANDRA SUE, 6;
and RANDY DALE, 5;
and two of MRS. PATTON'S nieces, RENA BRYANT, 2;
and LYNN BRYANT, 18 months.
The latter two were children of James Bryant. All are of Houston.
The accident occurred in the northern part of Harris County. The truck came to rest about one-half mile down the track from the crossing.
PATTON was employed here as a maintenance man by a heating and air conditioning firm. The PATTONS moved here about three months ago from Ruston, La.
Site of the wreck was a rural area on the Fairbanks Houston Road. Newsmen on the scene said the crossing had no flashing signals.
The train appeared not to be damaged. Parts of the wrecked truck were scattered along the roadbed.

The Paris News Texas 1959-11-15