Sedalia, MO Two Car Collision, July 1968


Sedalia, Mo. (AP) - Two cars crashed head-on yesterday seven miles north of Sedalia, killing eight persons. An 11-year-old girl was the only survivor.
Killed in one car were RICHARD E. MICHAELIS, 45, of Sedalia, and his wife, ALICE, 55. They were returning home from a vacation in Cincinnati.
The dead in the other car were MRS. MARILOU S. ROBERTSON, 35, of Jefferson City, the driver; her husband, VAN MURRELL ROBERTSON, 42, of Malta Bend, Mo.; their daughter, SUSAN ROBERTSON, 6; MRS. ESTELLA E. FLAIR, 51, Blackburn, Mo.; and two sisters, JAN DEBORA MALAN, 12, and JOY DANA MALAN, 10, of Malta Bend.
The survivor was JAN ROBERTSON, another daughter of the ROBERTSONS. She suffered fractures of both legs and the right arm, and lacerations. Her condition was reported as critical at a Sedalia hospital.
The ROBERTSONS had picked up the four girls and MRS. FLAIR, a counselor, at a 4-H club camp at Knob Noster, Mo. They were taking the MALAN children to Malta Bend.
The highway patrol said the MICHAELIS car passed two southbound cars and forced a northbound car off the road before meeting the ROBERTSON car head-on.
Engines of both cars were driven back through the firewalls.

Corpus Christi Caller-Times Texas 1968-07-18