On June 29, 1967, Jayne Mansfield crashed into the back of a tractor trailer on U.S. Highway 90 outside of Biloxi, Mississippi. Mansfield, along with two other passengers, Sam Brody and Ronnie Harrison, were killed instantly, when her vehicle was forced beneath the semi.
Fortunately, her three children survived because they were fast asleep in the backseat.
The gruesome crash led to years of shocking rumors, including that she was decapitated during the accident. Although many people believe she was beheaded because blonde hair and flesh was seen smashed into the windshield, her death certificate stated the cause of death was a “crushed skull.”
According to the police report, “the upper portion of this white female’s head was severed.”
The death of Mansfield, her lover and her driver led to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requiring that all semi truck trailers be equipped with a DOT Bar, better known as the Mansfield Bar.
Mansfied was only 34-years-old and poised to become the next sex symbol of her generation.