Lubbock, TX Two Car Collision Kills Seven, Apr 1960
SEVEN KILLED NEAR LUBBOCK.
CRASH HURTS 1.
Lubbock (AP) - Seven persons were killed and another critically injured in a two-car crash at a farm road intersection near this West Texas city late Sunday.
One family of three was wiped out.
The dead were identified as:
MR. and MRS. J. C. MILLIKIN, of Slaton.
JOHN CLINTON MILLIKIN, 22, of Slaton.
WALTER TAYLOR, 15, of nearby Wolforth.
MR. and MRS. DOYLE DEAN TUCKER and their 4-year-old son DARRELL.
The injured is CARL ROBERET MILLIKIN, 8. He is in the Methodist Hospital here in critical condition.
The MILLIKINS were riding in a car driven by the TAYLOR youth. He was reported to have been a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Millikin.
TUCKER, 27, and his 23-year-old wife, SHIRLEY, and their small son occupied the second car.
MILLIKIN was 65 and MRS. MILLIKIN 56.
The grinding crash occurred at the intersection of Side Road and Farm Road 1585, just southwest of Lubbock.
The car driven by the TAYLOR youth was traveling east on the farm road while the TUCKER car was going south.
Both roads have embankments of about 20 feet. Visibility is unimpaired for three-quarters of a mile.
One report said one car hit the other broadside. A large telephone pole was snapped when the wreckage of one car was slammed against it.
The crash occurred about 6:15 p.m. There was a hazy setting sun at the time.
Confusion was so great at the scene that identity of the dead was not determined until several hours after the accident.
An eyewitness said when he reached the scene he saw one body lying in a field. Another was close by the wreckage.
The last two bodies were not removed from the practically destroyed cars until 30 minutes after the crash.
Highway patrolman Marvin Hagens, one of the first on the scene, said it was the worst highway smash he has seen.
The TUCKER family was thrown from their car by the impact. They lived in Lubbock.
Abilene Reporter-News Texas 1960-04-11