Wellington, KS Head-On Collision, Oct 1964


Wellington, Kan. (AP) - A flaming head-on crash of two automobiles killed eight young southern Kansans near Wellington Saturday night.
It was the worst of several multiple death traffic smash-ups in scattered parts of the nation during the weekend. It was also one of the heaviest traffic accident tolls in Kansas history.
One of the cars burst into flames on impact three and one-half miles north of Wellington and the two couples in it were burned beyond recognition. The two couples in the other car also died instantly.
The Kansas Highway Patrol identified the dead in the collision on U.S. 81 as:
GARY D. NAAZ, 20, Wellington, driver of the car which burned, and his three passengers, DIANE (DEEDEE) LINTECUM, 17, Mayfield; ROGER MORRISON, 19, Wellington; and CORLYN RAMEY, 17, Wellington.
JOHN WARD, 22, Caldwell driver of the second car, and his passengers, DORIS J. BROWN, 17, Belle Plaine; TERRY L. DALEY, 16, Wellington; and CARLA DOWNING, 17, Belle Plaine.
Lawrence Hernandez, dispatcher for the highway patrol at Wichita, said troopers reported the NAAZ car, southbound, was on the wrong side of the road. It was an open stretch of highway.
Flames shot 25 feet into the air and delayed patrolmen, Sheriff's officers and Wellington firemen in their task of pulling the demolished sedans apart.
All the dead lived in towns within a radius of 20 to 25 miles.

The Lincoln Star Nebraska 1964-10-19