Fredericktown, MO Head-On Collision, Aug 1970


Fredericktown, Mo. (AP) - Eight persons are dead and a ninth remains in critical condition following a two-car collision Wednesday night on the southern edge of the Clark National Forest in southeast Missouri.
The dead included Deputy St. Louis Health Commissioner JOHN T. SADOWSKI, 51, his wife, WANDA, 55; a brother, WALTER SADOWSKI, 62; two SADOWSKI sisters, EVA, 53, and MARY CANISA, 66, a Roman Catholic nun from the St. Joseph parish in Chicago; and a sister-in-law, MRS. ANTHONY SADOWSKI, 53. All were from St. Louis except Sister MARY CANISA.
The other victims were JOHN H. SAMPLES, 32, Marietta, Okla., and WALTER HAMRICK, of St. Louis.
A woman in the car with SAMPLES and HAMRICK is reported in critical condition at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. Her identity has not been established.
The accident occurred 15 miles south of Fredericktown on U.S. Highway 67 and 90 miles south of St. Louis. The highway patrol said the concrete, two-lane ribbon of wide road, was dry and highway conditions were good.
Investigating troopers said the southbound car driven by SAMPLES apparently went out of control after topping a slight hill and starting into a curve. The car crossed over the center line and struck the SADOWSKI car head-on.

Lawton Constitution Oklahoma 1970-08-20