New Orleans, LA Auto Plunges Off Levee, Aug 1959


New Orleans, La. (AP) - Police said seven teen-age Negroes speeding more than 100 miles an hour in a stolen car plunged over a 15-foot levee into a canal Monday night. Five died and two escaped.
Three killed were sisters. They were BARBARA and EVELYN THOMAS, both 17, and BRENDA THOMAS, 16. The others killed were RONALD WILLIAMS, 16, and BARBARA JONES, 17.
The survivors, LYNDON BLANCHARD, 17, and VAN DOSTON, 18, told police they escaped through a rear door after the car went into the canal.
Officers said WILLIAMS, the driver, apparently lost control of the auto, which traveled more than 250 feet across the top of the levee before dropping into the water.

Oshkosh Northwestern Wisconsin 1959-08-25