Dodson, MT Two Auto Crash, Oct 1977


Dodson, Mont. - Montana's worst traffic crash of the year - a two-car crash in Phillips County - claimed its seventh victim, with the death late Friday of RICHARD C. DEMARAIS, 19, Malta, in a Havre hospital.
DEMARAIS' death about 24 hours after the accident, and a fatality in Gallatin County early Saturday, raised Montana's traffic toll for the year to 257, up 23 from one year ago Oct. 15.
Besides DEMARAIS, six other persons died as the result of the head-on collision on U.S. Highway 2 about 7 p.m. Thursday.
Other victims were DONALD DVORSHAK, 28; BOBBI ADAMS, 17, and her sister, PATTI ADAMS, 18; WALLACE "GENO" BRANCH, 17; GREGORY E. STIFFARM, 17, all of the Dodson area; and MARK PEARSON, 22, of Malta.
Killed Saturday when his compact car left U.S. Highway 191 and struck an embankment was RICHARD L. GOODBAR, 19, of Bozeman.
The Highway Patrol said the accident happened at 12:14 a.m. about 12 miles south of Gallatin Gateway. GOODBAR was the car's only occupant.
Four persons remained hospitalized Saturday from Thursday evening's seven-fatality accident about 2 1/2 miles east of Dodson. FRED RHOADS, 19, of Dodson, was in a Havre hospital and JIM WILKE, of Dodson, was in a Great Falls hospital, both listed in serious condition. Reported in satisfactory condition in a Malta hospital were RICHARD PHILLIPS, of Dodson, and MIKE CARLSON, of Malta.
Patrolman Lorn Anderson said one of the cars, westbound, apparently ran off the right side of the road, veered back across the center line and crashed head-on into the other car, which was eastbound.
The worst traffic accident in Montana's history occurred July 4, 1976, when eight persons were killed in Glacier County.

The Daily Inter Lake Kalispell Montana 1977-10-16