Maria Stein, OH Crash Kills Eight, Mar 1976


Maria Stein, Ohio (AP) - Eight teenagers died Sunday and four others were injured when a car plowed into high school students who were part of a nine car caravan traveling to a dance.
Six of the students at Minster High School in Auglaize County died late Sunday. Two others died today. The patrol estimates there were 50 students in the caravan.
The accident occurred at 8:10 p.m. at the four-way stop intersection of Fort Recovery-Minster Road and Rolfes Road about a half mile east of Ohio 716.
"Right now, we understand they had stopped just to talk and see where they were going to go," said Lt. John Schlosser, commander of the Highway Patrol post at nearby St. Mary's. "That's what they said."
"They (a caravan of nine vehicles) had been stopped headed west," Schlosser said. "There was a four-way stop sign; the nine vehicles came to a stop at the intersection and the passengers got out."
"All nine cars stopped on the roadway. There was no harm," he said.
Then, a car came through the stop sign, went through the intersection, sideswiped the first vehicle and then continued east, striking several drivers and passengers, he said.
The patrol identified the eastbound driver as John Cremer, 21, of Maria Stein. Schlosser said Cremer was slightly injured, but did not require hospitalization. No charges have been filed in the accident which is still under investigation.
Dr. Donald R. Fox, county coroner, said the caravan was headed for the Carousel Ballroom about six miles from where the accident occurred. They had already traveled six miles from Minster. The patrol is uncertain where the teenagers were heading.
The dead were identified as KEN SOMMERS, 15, and SCOTT WESTERHEIDE, 15, both of whom died today; MICHAEL R. KEMPER, 17; ANTHONY E. KEMPER, 17; LESTER R. RANLEY, 16; BECKY MOORMAN, 15; JOY BRANDEWEIDE, 14; and BARBARA OLDING, 14.
The identities of the injured students were not known.

New Herald Port Clinton Ohio 1976-03-08