Levelland, TX Violent Two Car Crash, Aug 1963


Levelland, Tex. (AP) - Seven West Texans died in a vicious two-car accident on a slight curve near here Friday. A small girl whose parents, a brother and a sister perished, was the lone survivor.
The head-on collision occurred shortly before dark on State Highway 116 about a mile and a half west of this West Texas city.
Six of the dead were from Post, Tex., and the seventh, J. C. REED, 52, was a resident of Levelland. REED was alone in his car.
Others killed were JOHN ELMER NELSON, 45; his wife, VIVIAN, 44; two NELSON children, NANCY, 5; and JOHN, JR., 3; MRS. CODA PARRISH COOK, 64, and one of MRS. COOK'S daughters, CODA LEE.
Eleven-year-old CHARLENE NELSON was taken to a Lubbock hospital where doctors described her condition as extremely critical.
Paul Wiley, who said he witnessed the shattering crash while driving behind the NELSON car, told Highway Patrolman Don Frazier that one car swerved the center line in the highway and the other whipped in the other side to miss the oncoming car.
Wiley said at almost the instant the other car tried to avoid the collision the other swerved back into the right lane. The two collided head-on.
Ambulance and wrecker attendants worked for two hours to remove the bodies from the NELSON auto.
REED'S son, Ray Reed, an ambulance driver for a Levelland funeral home, was the driver of one of the ambulances that sped to the scene.
Levelland is about 31 miles west of Lubbock.

The Troy Record New York 1963-08-12