Butler County, KS Two Car Collision, Oct 1964

EIGHT PERSONS ARE KILLED IN COLLISION NEAR WICHITA.

17-YEAR-OLD ON CRITICAL LIST.

Wichita, Kan. (UPI) - Eight persons, most of them teenagers, were injured fatally late Friday night and two persons were hurt when two cars collided near here in Butler County, Kan.
The eighth victim, HENRY L. KINDRED, 21, of near Rose Hill, Kan., died at 5 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital. The other seven, all 15-year-old residents of Wichita, were dead on arrival at the hospital.
They were identified as CAROL MERRILL; CRAIG MILLER; CAROLYN HULL; LYLE MOORE; DIANE RALSTON; JOHN TODD; and MARY NEWSOM.
The seven were all in one car. Also in the car was DAVID SAXE, 17, of Wichita, who was in critical condition at St. Joseph Hospital. He was not expected to survive.
The driver of the car has not been determined, troopers said.
The driver of the other car, DONALD LEE COPNING, 18, of Wichita, was listed in fair condition today at the hospital.
He told Highway Patrolman Charles Hanna he did not know how the accident happened. He said he was going north on a country road (Rose Hill) when "all of a sudden the other car was there."
KINDRED was a passenger in COPNING'S vehicle. Troopers said KINDRED and COPNING had been to a high school football game at Udall, Kan., and were on their way to pick up the mother of one of them at the Boeing Aircraft Co. plant in Wichita, where she worked.
Troopers said it was thought the eight teenagers in the other car also had been at a high school football game.
The accident occurred at Rose Hill Road and Harry Street about 11 miles east of Wichita, in Butler County.
Only a week ago eight persons were killed in a traffic accident near Wellington, Kan., south of Wichita.
The victims were strewn over a wide area after the accident near here about 11:30 o'clock Friday night, Hanna said.

Great Bend Tribune Kansas 1964-11-01