Rolla, MO Two Auto Collision, Jun 1986
2-CAR CRASH KILLS 7 IN MISSOURI.
Rolla, Mo. - Two children who survived a two-car collision that killed seven people Sunday near Rolla Remained in stable condition Monday at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
State authorities said the crash was the worst in Missouri since 11 people were killed in an accident about 20 years ago near Columbia.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said the two children were the only victims using seat belts. A trooper added that the impact had been so great that belts would probably not have saved any other victims.
The children's mother and step-father were killed, as were five teenagers in another car.
Killed were EUGENE HINES, 52, and his wife, NANCY HINES, 29, both of Newburg, Mo. NANCY HINES' daughter, ANA MARIE BOGARDUS, 9, suffered severe pelvic and head injuries, and her son, BENJAMIN, 8, suffered a fractured pelvis and head bruises.
Also killed were Rolla residents STEPHEN RABUS, 18; SHANE MILLER, 18; GREGORY SWEENEY, 18; CRAIG ROSENOW, 17; and JEFFREY O'DONNELL, 19. They were all students at or graduates of Rolla High School.
The children were taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, then transferred to the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital. ANA was listed in critical but stable condition, and BENJAMIN was serious but also stable.
Their father, William Bogardus of Gideon, Mo., was at the hospital with them Monday. He said his former wife and her husband had been returning home with the children from a Hines family reunion in Rolla when the accident occurred.
"She had custody of the children, so I didn't see them much because I live so many miles away," Bogardus said. "But I often spoke with them on the phone."
The Missouri Highway Patrol reported that the accident had occurred about 2:35 p.m. on State Highway 63 about six miles south of Rolla. The driver of the car containing the teen-agers could not be determined, but it was owned by RABUS.
The Highway Patrol gave this account of the accident:
The RABUS car was going north - apparently at high speed - when the driver tried to pass a line of traffic and drove into the path of the oncoming car driven by EUGENE HINES. Both cars swerved in the same direction to avoid a collision, but crashed almost head-on on the west shoulder of the road.
The RABUS car overturned with the other coming to rest partly on top of it and caught fire. The small fire was quickly extinguished, but the teens were trapped inside the wreckage.
They and ENGENE HINES were pronounced dead at the scene. NANCY HINES was pronounced dead on arrival at the Phelps County Hospital.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Missouri 1986-07-01