Pettus, TX Head-On Crash Kills Seven, Nov 1959
HEAD-ON CRASH ERASES FAMILY ON PETTUS ROAD.
Pettus, Tex. (AP) - A family of six apparently returning from a fishing holiday on the coast, was wiped out Sunday night in a head-on crash that took seven lives near here.
The victims were the LARRY CHATHAM family of San Antonio and MRS. ODESSA DUVALL McDOW, 32, a Corpus Christi secretary. No one survived the 10 p.m. crack-up.
Joe Bennett state policeman said the CHATHAM family car en route to San Antonio, carried fishing poles tied to it.
"We assume they had been fishing either at Lake Corpus Christi or on the Gulf near Corpus Christi," Bennett said.
The officer said cause of the crash was unknown. Evidence at the scene showed that MRS. McDOW'S car swerved into the wrong lane, but why this happened officers could not say. The highway was dry and vision was unobscured.
The six victims in the CHATHAM family were:
LARRY CHATHAM, 44;
his wife, IRENE, 34;
and four children, LARRY VICTOR JR., son of Mrs. Chatham by a former marriage;
ELIZABETH ANN, 6;
and PATRICIA, 9 months.
Chatham was an automobile mechanic. Mrs. McDow was the wife of a Corpus Christi refinery worker. She apparently was returning home.
Both automobiles were total losses, officers said. They remained almost in the position where they struck and partly blocked Highway 181, a main artery between Corpus Christi and San Antonio in South Texas.
The bodies were taken to Beeville.
The Chatham family only recently moved to San Antonio and was living in the home of a brother, J. Lee Chatham, reported in a San Antonio hospital.
Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light Texas 1959-12-01