Swanton, OH Auto Crashes Into Tree, Mar 1973


Toledo, Ohio (AP) - a 35-year-old Swanton woman, MRS. LOIS COOK, five of her children and a neighbor girl were killed Friday night when their car slammed into a tree on Ohio 64, about five miles south of Swanton in Lucas County.
The only survivor, MRS. COOK'S son, DEAN, 9, was in critical condition at a Toledo Hospital with internal injuries and burns.
The other COOK children killed in the accident were JULIE, 12; CHARLES, 11; KEITH, 10; ANDREW, 6; and MICHAEL, 4. The neighbor girl was identified as KELLI GREEN, 9.
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, the station wagon left the road, apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the tree, and was torn in half on impact.
The front wheels, motor assembly and right side doors flew about 100 feet from the scene of the accident, the patrol said. The rear section of the auto wedged against the tree.
Two of the victims were thrown clear of the wreckage but the others, except for the surviving boy, were trapped inside. The survivor, DEAN, was pinned beneath the wreckage.
The victims reportedly were en route to a church service in Toledo. The patrol said no skid marks were found on the road.
The wreckage was discovered by nearby residents who said they heard a thud, went to investigate, and then called the Ohio Highway Patrol.
The patrol was continuing its investigation of the accident.

Marion Star Ohio 1973-03-03