Minot, ND Head On Collision Kills Six, Oct 1958


Minot, N.D. (UPI) - Six persons were killed and two injured Sunday when two cars en route from Saturday night dates hurtled into each other at high speed near here.
Sheriff Olaf Haaland said one of the cars contained a case of beer and two smashed vodka bottles. It apparently was travelling on the wrong side of Highway 52, he said.
Witnesses estimated the speed of both cars at 80 to 90 miles an hour, Haaland said.
Four teen-agers speeding home from a hay ride and weiner roast were killed in one car. They were MARLENE MICKELSEN, 18, JANICE DEPAUL, 15, DONALD BILLINGS, 18, and RUTH ANNE CHRISTENSEN, 15, all of Minot.
PEGGY MIKKELSON, 19, and WAYNE SCOTT, 32, of Velva, N.D., died in the other car. Peggy's two sisters, SHIRLEY, 27, and DONNA, 23, were thrown 50 feet from the wreckage. The three girls are from Voltaire.
PEGGY and SHIRLEY were injured critically. SHIRLEY recovered consciousness only long enough to tell rescuers that she was the driver of the car which hurtled down the highway on the wrong side of the center line.
"It's the worst I've ever seen," Haaland said. "The front end of the car coming from the hayride was crushed so badly that a flashlight on the front seat was squashed flat."
The smashup came shortly after midnight three miles east of Minot.
Authorities said DONALD BILLINGS had volunteered to drive home the teen-agers attending the hayride. He planned to leave the girls in Minot and return for another group.
Ronald Mikkelson, father of the Mikkelson sisters, said his daughters worked in Minot and apparently were returning to Velva at the time of the crash. He said Scott was "a buddy of my son-in-law's."

Lead Daily Call South Dakota 1958-10-20