Florence, KY Single Car Crash Kills 7, Mar 1967


Florence, Ky. (AP) - A seven-year-old boy became the seventh victim today of the worst crash on a superhighway in Kentucky.
He was McDONALD BLANTON, who was injured Sunday in the accident which killed his mother, his stepfather and four other children.
The car, driven by HAROLD ROSS, 45, left a curve on I-75 which it was being chased by Trooper Raisor. The vehicle traveled about 725 feet across the median and crashed into a concrete pillar on the KY 18 overpass.
ROSS and his wife, GENEVA, 35, were killed along with their children, HARRIETT,
2, and SABRINA ANN, three months; and WANDA BLANTON, 15, and GERALDINE, BLANTON, 11. Both were MRS. ROSS' children by a previous marriage as was McDONALD BLANTON.
Two more of her children, JANICE BLANTON, 5, and DAMON BLANTON, 10, were reported in fair condition.
Raisor said he began chasing the car after a truck driver had told State Police headquarters a car going north on I-75 was weaving. The trooper said the car quickly speeded up as he gave chase, and the driver apparently lost control on the curve.
ROSS, administrator of Claughton-Brown Funeral Home in Lexington and an employee of the Bluegrass Army Depot there was en route to visit a sister in Springfield.
Three of the victims died at the scene, two others were dead on arrival at St. Elizabeth's and MRS. ROSS died during surgery.

The Advocate-Messenger Danville Kentucky 1967-03-13