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Richard Stevens

Birth
USA
Death 6 Jun 1957
Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Plot unmarked grave
Memorial ID 28251500 · View Source
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Cited at the time as the "worst highway accident in North Carolina history", it occurred at about 7 a.m. on 06 June 1957 in Cumberland County, at the intersection of U.S. 301 and then N.C. 102. The crash involved a tractor-trailer truck loaded with potatoes and a 1 ½ ton stake truck loaded with migrant workers, in route to pick beans. Fourteen people were pronounced dead at the scene and thirteen days later the fatalities tally reached twenty-one; including that of an 18-month old boy.
Non-fatal injuries from this accident were twenty-three.
On the 15 of June – thirteen wooden caskets were laid side by side in a mass grave:Thomas Mackey, Lee Abram, Lee Brown, John Grant, Unidentified #1 male, Unidentified #2 male, Willie Gary, Lewis Wesley, Retha Freeman, Charles Freeman, Lucille Freeman, and Daisy Freeman.
Seven victims were claimed by family and taken to their respective states for burial:Lovelle Giles – Alabama, Harrison Head, Jr. – Georgia, Johnnie Davis – Georgia, James Core – Pennsylvania, M. C. McGowan – Georgia, Willie French – Georgia, and Gustine French - Georgia.
Finally, 10th of July, the remaining victim was laid to rest: Joe Porter.


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  • Created by: Never Ending Story
  • Added: 13 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28251500
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Stevens (unknown–6 Jun 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28251500, citing Northside Cemetery, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Never Ending Story (contributor 46555490) .