Opelika, AL Five Killed, Four Injured in Crash, Nov 1952


Opelika, Ala. (AP) - Five college students were killed Sunday night and four others injured when two cars collided at high speed on a country "short cut" road near here and burned.
All nine persons involved in the accident were identified by Alabama Highway Patrol Sgt. E. L. Coxwell as students at Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn, Ala.
One car, carrying six students, was returning to Auburn from Columbus, Ga., where the group attended Saturday's football game between Auburn and University of Georgia.
Coxwell said the Auburn-bound car, going between 80 and 90 miles an hour, ran off the shoulder of the road and, as it swerved back onto the roadway, sped into the path of an oncoming car in which three students were riding.

San Bernardino County Sun California 1952-11-17


Opelika, Ala. (AP) - An automobile crash followed by fire killed an expectant mother, her brother and four college students, none 20 years old, on a highway cutoff south of here.
Two of the victims of last night's flaming wreck were twins, BOB and WILLIAM HARGETT, 19 of Columbus, Ga. Highway Patrol Sgt. E. L. Coxwell said an auto in which they and four other students were returning to Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn went out of control going over a hill and plunged crazily across the road.
It was smashed broadside, Coxwell added, by a car occupied by MRS. DONALD HOOD of near Opelika, 17, and expecting a baby next month, her husband, 19, and her brother FRANK ABERCROMBIE, 18, of Phenix City, Ala.
MRS. HOOD died instantly and her brother later from burns. MR. HOOD was injured.
An unidentified motorist pulled HOOD and two of the students, both badly injured, from the wreckage but the flames kept him from reaching the others.

The Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1952-11-17