Clipped From The Indiana Gazette
Phil McConnell, Wife Die; Three Seriously Injured (Sec other photos on page 8) A grinding crash of two automobiles on Route 422 East yesterday claimed the lives of an Indiana R. D. 1 man and his wife. Dead as the result of the smashup on the western slope of Devil's Elbow are Phillip D. McConnell, 55, and his wife, Myrtle Tyger McConnell, 53. MYRTLE MCCONNELL . . . traffic victim PHILIP MCCONNELL ... died after crash Burnside Youth Killed BURNSIDE — A soldier recently returned from Germany met death early today in a one car accident on Route 219 in Burnside. Killed was Samuel Kirk Ma- •elo, Jr., 21, Burnside, pronounced dead on arrival at Set Burnside—Page 2; Col. 1 Three other persons were injured, including the McConneH's 16-year-old daughter, Kathryn, who is listed in guarded condition today at Indiana Hospital. In critical condition in Pittsburgh's Presbyterian - University Hospital is Ronald A. Sabados, 22, of.Irwin, Pa., driver of the other car. A passenger in his car, Karen L. Petchei, 21, of Industry, Pa., is listed in serious condition at Indiana Hospital. State troopers said the mishap occurred at 2:40 p.m. when the Sabados car, attempting a pass on the steep slope, ran head-on into the oncoming McConnell vehicle. Both cars were demolished. Troopers said Sabados was descending the Route 422 hill and pulled out to pass a car when his auto smashed into the westbound McConnell car that w a climbing the grade. Mrs. McConnell was dead on arrival at Indiana Hospital. Mr. McConnell was first taken to Indiana Hospital and then rushed to Presbyterian-University Hospital in Pittsburgh where he was dead on arrival at 7:2C p.m., less than five hours after the highway tragedy. Authorities said the McConnells died of multiple injuries and shock. Their daughter is being treated for fractures, and abrasions (at Indiana Hospital. Miss Petchei, reportedly a student at Indiana University, is being treated for a dislocated hip and lacerations of the left knee and right leg. Sabados reportedly suffered head and facial injuries and was still in the intensive care unit in the Pittsburgh hospital at noon today. Troopers said the smashup occurred about three miles east of the Indiana Borough limits. They fixed total damages a $5,500. Traffic was backed up more than one-half mile on both sides of the Route 422 crash. Citizens Ambulance Service dispatched two ambulances to the scene to care for the injurec persons. Indiana firemen were calle( as a precautionary measure. Mr. McConnell was superin tendent of the Indiana distribu tion plant of Humble Oil and Refining Co. Complete obituaries will appear in tomorrow's editions 01 the Indiana Evening Gazette. Robinson - Lytle's in Indiana said friends will be received beginning tomorrow evening. Funeral services are scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday. In addition to Kathryn, the McConnells are survived by son, Pat, 17.