Montrose, MI Two Car Collision, Oct 1947
SEVEN ARE KILLED IN 2-CAR CRASH.
Flint - (AP) - Seven persons, including four members of one family, were killed today when two cars collided in a misty rain at an intersection three miles west of Montrose, Mich.
The dead were:
BERNARD ROBERT NICOLAI, 30; ROBERT VANPEEREN, 29; MAURICE PATRICK CONNELLY, 32, all of Detroit; GEORGE KELLER, 39, of Flushing, Mich., and his wife, whose first name and age were not immediately learned; DOROTHY KELLER, 8; and RUTH KELLER, 3.
Taken to Hurley Hospital here in critical condition were two other KELLER children, DONALD, 11, and RALPH, 5. Also injured critically was CARROLL WALWORTH, 29, of Dearborn, while CECIL J. WILLIAMS, 30, of Detroit, suffered less serious injuries.
State police said NICOLAI was traveling west on M-57 while KELLER was driving north on M-13.
The two vehicles struck with a terrific impact which hurled the KELLER car against two utility poles 74 feet from the intersection. NICOLAI'S car came to rest 29 feet away.
A funeral wreath was found in the KELLER car, leading police to speculate that they may have been en-route to a funeral. The party in NICOLAI'S car were believed to be en-route north for hunting.
The pavement was wet and a thin rain hampered vision at the time of the crash.
Leslie Sturgis, an Elsie, Mich., truck driver, witnessed the collision from about a city block away. He said both cars were tossed into the air by the impact.
Ludington Daily News Michigan 1947-10-18