SHALLOWATER, TX Auto And Train Crash, Aug 1962


Shallowater, Tex. (AP) - Seven teenagers en route to a church picnic were killed Thursday night when a Santa Fe passenger train hit their stalled automobile.
One youth scrambled from the auto seconds before it was crushed.
Engineer Norman Bickers of Slaton, Tex., said the train - moving 79 miles per hour - fused the auto to the cow-catcher and pushed it a mile down the track. Bodies were strewn along a 105-yard path.
Killed were BARBARA FANCHER, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Fancher; DIANE SMITH, 16, daughter of Mrs. Cleo Smith; CAROLYN CARSON, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Carson, Jr.; SHARON MILLER, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Miller; JAMES LOVELESS, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Loveless, all of Olton, Tex.; BILL SHIREY, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Shirey of the Sunneyside community north of Olton; and EVERETT BALDWIN, 18, son of The Rev. and Mrs. M. B. Baldwin of Springlake, Tex.
JIMMY LAWSON, 18, of Olton, told police the car was stopped on the track when he saw the "train bearing down on us."
"I jumped out and ran," he said. He added that he tried to get some of the others out of the automobile, but they apparently "froze with fear."
The accident occurred just off a farm road about 10 miles northwest of Lubbock.
LAWSON, barely able to talk, couldn't explain why the car stalled. He was hospitalized.

The Paris News Texas 1962-08-10