Scotland Neck, NC One Car Wreck Kills Nine, Aug 1964

NINE PERSONS DEAD IN ONE-CAR WRECK.

SIX VICTIMS ARE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY IN NORTH CAROLINA TRAGEDY.

VEHICLE LEAVES A ROAD.

ACCIDENT FOLLOWS A SATURDAY COLLISION WHICH KILLED 8 IN SAME STATE.

Scotland Neck, N.C. (AP) - Nine persons died in a one-car accident near Scotland Neck yesterday only a day after eight persons were killed in a head-on collision near Sanford, N.C.
The victims of yesterday's crash included six members of one family and three others. The Sanford tragedy wiped out four members of each of two families.
The nine persons were jammed into a 2-door sedan which ran off a rural road and crashed into a tree about 2 1/2 miles west of Scotland Neck, a rural Eastern North Carolina community.
They were identified as THOMAS LEE DRAUGHAN, 32, Hobgood, N.C.; his wife, MRS. CHRISTINE COOPER DRAUGHAN; and four of their children, THOMAS LEE, JR., 13; ARTHUR, 10; CAROLYN, 8; and LEONARD, 6.
Also killed were JOHNNY EARL KNIGHT, 33, of Oak City; THOMAS DEMARY, 20; and JOSEPH C. DEMARY, 19, both of Scotland Neck.
Their deaths pushed North Carolina's weekend traffic death toll to at least 27.
Simmons said he arrived to find four bodies scattered outside the car, two partly out and the other three still inside. All were dead.
"The car left the road on a straight stretch and hit a pine tree about three feet in diameter," a patrolman explained.
"The vehicle was a total loss. The motor was pushed back through what was the front seat."
He said a blowout at high speed probably caused the accident.

The Kansas City Times Missouri 1964-08-24