Cumberland Falls Junction, KY Two Car Collision, Apr 1969



Associated Press
Eight members of a Williamsburg, Ky., family were killed, and another critically injured, in a two-car collision last night on U.S. 25-W at Cumberland Falls Junction, 11 miles south of Corbin.
Dead are WILLIAM BALL, a lay preacher; his wife, VERGENA BALL, and six children; DANIEL, 16; MARK, 14; TIMOTHY, 12; BEVERLEY, 10; LUKE, 7; and HOLLY, 5.
In critical condition at a Lexington hospital was 17-year-old STEPHEN BALL.
Also killed was the driver of the other car, CAROLYN SUE FAULKNER, 19, of Corbin. She was alone in the vehicle.
Sources in Corbin said the BALL family lived on U.S. 25-W not far from the scene of the accident. It was reported that one other member of the family lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Crash Details Unknown.
It was not known how the accident happened. After the collision the two vehicles landed one on top of the other in a ditch beside the road. Several of the victims were thrown free by the impact.
Six persons were dead at the scene. Four of the bodies were taken to Vankirk Funeral Home in Corbin and two to Ellison Funeral Home in Williamsburg.
Four persons were taken to Southeastern Baptist Hospital, Corbin, but three were dead on arrival there. The fourth, in serious condition, was taken to a Lexington hospital.
The accident was by far the nation's worst crash of the Easter holiday season.
It also was the second accident within a few hours in the Corbin area.

Courier-Journal Louisville Kentucky 1969-04-07