La Cygne, KS Head On Auto Collision, Jul 1976



La Cygne, Kan. (UPI) - Eight persons, including six members of a Kansas City, Mo., family en route to a holiday reunion, died Saturday in a fiery head-on collision near this southeast Kansas community, marking a bloody start to the long July 4th weekend.
Highway patrolmen said a camper truck carrying seven members of one family and a small foreign car collided and burst into flames at 7 a.m. on U.S. 69.
Both occupants of the small car were so badly burned authorities were unable to identify them. Miami County deputies said dental records were being checked in an attempt to establish their identities.
Six of the seven persons in the camper died at the scene. They have been identified as CHARLES JOHNS, 52; his wife WILLA, 44; daughters PATRICIA, 7, and LATANYA, 14; MICHAEL PEARSON, 20, a son by a previous marriage, and GEORGE HILL, a member of another branch of the family.
The only survivor was RENEE PEARSON, 18, a daughter by a previous marriage, who crawled out of the camper's flaming wreckage. She was given emergency treatment at a Butler, Mo., hospital and transferred to Research Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where she is in fair condition with burns on her hands and feet.

The Salina Journal Kansas 1976-07-04