Bozeman, MT (near) Auto Plunges Off Cliff, Feb 1950

7 STUDENTS KILLED AS CAR PLUNGES OVER CLIFF.

Bozeman, Mont., Feb. 13. (AP) - Seven Montana State college students were killed in an auto which plunged over a mountain cliff near here last night. An eighth was hurt critically.
The dead - two coeds and five members of a Sigma Chi fraternity basketball team - were:
PHYLLIS BIRKELAND, Fort Benton; DONALEEN McRAE, Forsyth; HARVEY H. ELDE, Scobey; GERALD W. EARLY, Laurel; JOHN W. STINCHFIELD, Evansville, Ind.; JAMES K. SCHRUMPF, Glendive; and LESLIE GREENWELL, Butte.
CHARLES S. OLSON of Helena is hospitalized here in critical condition.
Sheriff Charles E. Rice said one of the girls was driving when the car plunged off U.S. Highway 10, west of Bozeman. The car hurtled over a bluff and "pancaked" on Northern Pacific railway tracks.
An eastbound freight train crew, passing on other rails, saw the wreckage about midnight. Engineer G. M. Randall and Conductor A. W. Benson, both of Livingston, reported their discovery to Rice.
The accident was at a sharp curve near the ghost mining town of Chestnut, about seven miles east of Bozeman. Cause of the accident was not known immediately. The shoulders of the road are snow covered, but the highway itself is fairly clear.
Occupants of the car were returning from Absarokee, about 100 miles east of Bozeman. Two Sigma Chi teams from Bozeman played basketball at Absarokee yesterday afternoon. Most of the accident's male victims were on the fraternity "B" team. Several were former Montana high school athletic stars.
The other team returned safely in another car.

Longview News-Journal Texas 1950-02-13