Appomattox, VA Two Car Head-On Crash, June 1961


Appomattox, Va. (AP) - An automobile bearing a family of five on a Sunday outing and another with six teenagers picnic-bound slammed together head-on near this historic village yesterday. Eight persons died - five instantly, the other three a short while later.
Only three of the teenagers survived the shattering collision which, police said, occurred as the youths' car tried to pass an auto on the rising slope of a two-lane highway and piled into another car at the crest of the hill.
Wiped out in the crash was the family of MR. and MRS. LAWRENCE HENSLEY, of Pamplin, Va. The HENSLEYS and their daughter SHEILA, 7, were killed outright. Two step-daughters, PATRICIA WHITE, 16, and KAYE WHITE, 13, died within a few hours.
Two girls in the teenagers' car, JANE SOUTHALL, 16, and her sister, CORNELIA, 19, both of Farmville, Va., died instantly. A third youth, EDWARD WILLIAMS, 18, of Pamplin, died later in a Lynchburg hospital.
Injured and in fair condition were PENNY SOUTHALL, 18, of Farmville, GERALD PRICE, 19, and ROGER DAVIS, 17, both of Pamplin.
Police said PRICE was the driver of the teenagers car and MRS. HENSLEY the operator of the other vehicle.

The Miami News Florida 1961-06-19