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Bowden relatives die in crash in Panhandle

FSU coach's grandson, former son-in-law collide with a van then a utility truck on a slick I-10.

Associated Press
Published September 7, 2004

QUINCY - A grandson and a former son-in-law of Florida State coach Bobby Bowden were killed when their car was hit by a utility truck that was helping restore power outages caused by Hurricane Frances.

John Allen Madden, a 45-year-old former Florida State lineman who played for Bowden, and his 15-year-old son, Bowden Madden, were killed instantly Sunday when the passenger side of their car hit the front of the truck, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Mills said Monday.

Mills said the Bowden family had been informed of the deaths.

"Most of us have been around all of the Bowden family a great deal, and it is a loss shared by all of us," Florida State athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement. "Words can't express the grieving I know the Bowdens are going through."

The driver of the truck, Danny Headley, was not injured.

Moments before the collision on rain-slicked Interstate 10 the Maddens' car bumped a van as the two traveled side by side, causing both vehicles to cross over the highway median. The van wound up in the woods. The two passengers in the van - Larry Maines and his wife, Margaret - had minor injuries but did not need to be hospitalized.

John Madden and Bowden's daughter, Ginger, divorced in January after 22 years of marriage.

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