Kalida, OH Auto And Tractor Trailer Crash, Mar 1984
CRASH WITH TRACTOR-TRAILER KILLS ALL BUT ONE OF SIX RELATIVES IN CAR.
Kalida, Ohio (AP) - A 22-year-old woman survived a traffic accident that claimed five other family members by apparently ducking beneath a car dashboard, police say.
"It was a miraculous survival," Highway Patrol Sgt. M.S. Wood said of ANNETTE SCHLAGBAUM coming out of the grisly accident Sunday alive.
MISS SCHLAGBAUM'S father, OTHMAR, 67, was driving to a family gathering in Ottawa shortly before 6 p.m. when the car spun out of control into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer rig on U.S. 224 just east of Kalida, the patrol said.
He was killed when the car was split in half with the rear end disintegrating, police said. Also killed were his wife, NORMA, 58, and son, MARK, 20, both of Ottoville, and daughter MARLENE KAVERMAN, 24, and her husband, JOE, 26, both of Fort Jennings.
ANNETTE SCHLAGBAUM was in fair condition at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. The truck driver, GEORGE SHULTZ, 35, of Altoona, Pa., was listed in good condition at the hospital.
The accident brought to eight the number of traffic deaths recorded around Ohio during the weekend, the patrol said.
News-Journal Mansfield Ohio 1984-03-26