Platte City, MO Auto Crash Into Bridge, Apr 1969


Platte City, Mo. (AP) - Seven Northwest Missouri State College (Maryville) students were killed Tuesday night when their car smashed into the pillar of an overpass on Interstate 29 near Platte City.
There were no survivors. Two of the victims were Iowans.
Highway Patrol Trooper Jerry Perkins estimated the car was going up to 85 miles an hour. He said it veered off the highway at the beginning of a sweeping curve to the left.
Perkins said there were some skid marks, but physical evidence indicated the car had slowed very little when it struck the pillar. Road conditions were described as excellent and there was little wind.
The patrol said JAMES H. ELLISON, JR., 21, of Chillicothe, Mo., was driving.
The other victims were MICHAEL GANN, 21, Chillicothe; ROBERT G. GREENWOOD, 20, Breckenridge, Mo.; THOMAS L. STEPHAN, 20, St. Joseph, Mo.; FRED JOE CLIFTON, 19, Kansas City; and two Iowans, DONALD L. HORNE of Coon Rapids and SELMER JUNIOR NEWELL, 18, of Anita.
Perkins said the car was southbound apparently en-route to Kansas City from the campus at Maryville. Platte City is 25 miles northwest of Kansas City and Maryville is another 75 miles north.

Sioux City Journal Iowa 1969-04-30