Leeds, AL Auto Crashes Into Bridge, Nov 1974
ALABAMA CRASH KILLS EIGHT.
Leeds, Ala. (AP) - "It looks like the car just ran off the road," said a Leeds, Ala., police officer after looking over the site where eight young Alabamans died in an auto accident.
Six men and two women, all of Talladega, were killed early Thanksgiving Day when their car smashed into a bridge on Interstate 20 in St. Clair County east of Birmingham.
"We don't know if somebody forced it off or not," said Capt. Jack Meacham, but he added that police do not suspect foul play in the crash.
Meacham said the impact of the crash was great enough to drive the engine of the car into the back seat.
Authorities identified the dead as:
THOMAS JOSEPH WILLIAMS, 20;
LINTON AVERY EASON, 22;
JOEY K. SMITH,
LOU ANN OTWELL,
MICHAEL T. MILLER, all 24;
HILLMAN COX and his 22-year-old wife, MARY H. STEWART COX;
and FREDERICK DOYLE McBRIER, 27.
The Daily Journal Fergus Falls Minnesota 1974-11-29