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Highway deaths close AC today
Half-day of classes, memorial service set at school Friday
  Adams Central school was closed today as students and staff, friends and relatives, mourned the loss of four students whose lives were snuffed out Wednesday afternoon in one of the worst traffic accidents in Adams County's history.
  School officials said today that classes will begin at the normal time Friday, but all students will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m. for a memorial service in the gymnasium. The service will last approximately half an hour, then the buses will begin their routes as all students will be sent home.
  the football game scheduled for Friday night at Churubusco will be played, officials said.
 nbsp;Dead are four boys, all juniors at Adams Central; Steven J. Andrews, 17, route 4, Decatur; Dan J. Grube, 17, route 4, Decatur; Jonathan Bryan, 17, route 2, Decatur; Richard A. Braun, 16, Monroe. They were in one automobile, returning from a vocational class at Geneva.
  Listed in serious but stable condition in Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, today is the driver of the other auto involved in the crash, Carol L. Harvey, 48, route 4, Decatur. She is in the intensive care unit with multiple facial lacerations and other injuries.
  Services for the victims will be held Saturday at four separate
[four individual photos: Danny J. Grube, Jonathan C. Bryan, Steven Joe Andrews, Richard A. Braun, Jr.]
sites and times. They are as follows:
  --Steven Andrews, services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Winteregg- Linn & Haggard Funeral Home in Decatur, calling there from 2-9 p.m. Friday.
  --Jonathan Bryan, services at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren; calling at Winteregg-Linn & Haggard from 7-9 tonight and 2-5 and 7-9 Friday.
  --Danny Grube, services at 4 p.m. Saturday at Apostolic Christian Church East, calling at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, after noon Friday and one hour prior to service.
  --Richard Braun, Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary;s Catholic Church in Decatur; calling after 7 tonight and all day Friday at Sefton Funeral Home.
Obituary notices, page 5
  The boys were all dead at the scene of the crash, about a mile from the school.
  There had been only three traffic fatalities in Adams County this year before Wednesday.
  The tragedy occurred at 3:16 p.m. on US 27, about a mile southwest of Monroe, near County Rd. 100 South.
  John Whitright, the deputy sheriff who investigated the accident, reported today that the car containing the four youths was traveling "at a high rate of speed, driving very recklessly, and passing vehicles," including, according to one report, passing a car on the right-hand side of the highway on the gravel and grass berm.
  The driver of the car containing the four youths has not yet been determined. Three of the dead were thrown from the car and the fourth was mostly outside the vehicle.
  Whitright said he heard several estimates of the car's speed from witnesses--ranging from 60 mph to 75 mph.
  The car carrying the boys was northbound as they were returning from an auto mechanics vocational workshop at Geneva, in which all four were students; the class is not offered at AC. The auto left the right side of the road, then veered sharply across both lanes and spun sideways into the path of the southbound Harvey car. The boys' auto was hit on the right side, near the front door.
  The wreckage of the auto, owned by Jack Andrews, Steven's father, wound up partly on the road and partly in a ditch. The Andrews car was demolished and the Harvey car also was listed as a total loss.
  Harvey was trapped in her vehicle until freed by the Monroe Rescue Squad.
  Whitright noted that the highway was closed for about three hours as the bodies and the wreckage were removed.
  Sheriff Tom Coolman said today there is "absolutely no indication that alcohol or drugs" were a factor. Blood samples of the four victims and the Harvey woman were taken and sent to a laboratory in Indianapolis.
  The sheriff also noted that the Harvey vehicle "was a big car and that made a difference" in sparing the woman's life. She was coherent later Wednesday night and was interviewed by authorities.
Decatur Daily Democrat   VOL. LXXXIII, NO. 215   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p. 1, col. 1 & 2.

[photo]
Crash scene...
  ...Emergency personnel converge on the scene of Wednesday's two-car accident on US 27 which claimed the lives of four Adams Central High School students. Car at left was driven by Carol L. Harvey of route 4, Decatur, who is in serious, but stable condition today in Parkview Hospital. All four boys were dead [on] the scene. Another photo on page 7A. (Sheriff's department photo).
Decatur Daily Democrat   VOL. LXXXIII, NO. 215   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p. 1, col. 4 - 6.

Services Saturday for AC students
  Funeral services for the four Adams Central students killed in a traffic accident Wednesday afternoon will be held at four separate sites and times Saturday.
...
Decatur Daily Democrat   VOL. LXXXIII, NO. 215   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p. 5, col. 1 - 4.


Area Stunned as 4 Adams Central Pupils Killed Near Monroe
Northbound Car Skids Broadside, Enveloped by Southbound Auto;
That Driver, Carol Harvey, 48, Listed Serious; Sole Survivor
      By Jim Barbieri
  Numbness later gripped the awesome two-car crash scene a mile south of Monroe along U.S. 27, 12 miles east of Bluffton Wednesday afternoon.
  Emergency workers had toiled with their usual super efficiency and vigor.
  Rescue units and police quickly tackled the big initial task as the severely-injured Carol Harvey, 48, of Decatur Route 4 was removed from the twisted wreckage scene via an ambulance which sped northward on U.S. 27, its siren sounding the emergency run to Lutheran Hospital.
  She was the driver of the brown Chrysler Salem and its lone occupant.
  She was the sole survivor, listed later at Lutheran as in serious condition with multiple injuries, from the 3:15 p.m. smashup.
  Her southbound auto virtually had driven through the green Chevelle's side.
  Indications were there was no real chance for the woman to avoid the horrible crash from which all four occupants of the other vehicle were dead at the scene just north of the U.S. 27-Adams County Road 100S intersection.
  All four were Adams Central High School students.
  Dead were:
  --Steven J. Andrews, 17, of Decatur Route 4.
  --Dan J. Grube, 17, of Decatur Route 4.
  --Jonathan C. Bryan, 17, of Decatur Route 2.
  --Richard Braun, 16, of Monroe.
  All four of the fatality victims were juniors at Adams Central.
  The Bryan youth's father, an Adams Central faculty member for many years, is the current assistant principal at the high school, in charge of the middle school.
  All classes and activities at Adams Central were called off today.
  Supt. Doyle Lehman's office said he and other officials were in administrative council meetings this morning on matters relating to the large tragedy.
  The four youths had been northbound on U.S. 27.
  According to Adams Central Supt. Lehman, they had been attending an auto mechanics class at Geneva where some vocational education courses are shared by area schools in the former Geneva High School building.
  They were returning to Adams Central for the close of the school day.
  Bluffton state trooper Robert Plummer, who was working with Trooper Brian Buroker from Adams County in assisting the Adams County Sheriff's Department at the scene, noted indications that the green Chevelle occupied by the four youths had gone out of control a ways south of the U.S. 27 intersection with Adams County Road 100S, a mile south of Ind. 124.
  Wednesday night the Adams authorities had not specified the driver of the car with the four deaths.
  Subsequent state police reports referred to it as the Andrews car with indicated beliefs Andrews was driving, an officer told the News-Banner, although the crash remained under investigation.
  However, the sheriff's office confirmed to the News- Banner this morning that the driver of the auto still was not determined in any ruling of the investigation.
  The Chevelle car was verified as registered to Jack Andrews of Decatur Route 4.
  The Chrysler was listed as registered to Carol L. Harvey, the driver, of Decatur Route 4, with a further address of Beery Trailer Court, Lot 30.
  At any rate, the northbound youths' auto left the highway on the right (east) side as it went out of control.
  Related by police was that as the car was brought back onto the highway, the driver apparently "overcorrected," as frequently happens under such circumstances.
 nbsp;The auto then skidded broadside, evidence indicated, going right into the path of the oncoming southbound Harvey car.
  With the youths' auto sideways, its front pointing west, the Harvey Chrysler's front plowed right into the middle of the passenger side of the Chevrolet Chevelle in the impact close to the intersection.
  The Chrysler virtually telescoped the side of the Chevelle, almost driving through it and nearly splitting it completely.
  In fact, the Chrysler front remained meshed into the Chevelle as joined wreckage wound up in the ditch on the west side of U.S. 27 about 50 feet north of the 100S intersection.
  The back end of the Chrysler still protruded a bit onto U.S. 27.
  The Chevelle virtually was U-shaped, wrapped onto the Chrysler, with the Chevelle's front being the north arm of the "U" and the back end the south arm.
  The fatality victims were within and in front of (west of) the wreckage.
  Traffic had been blocked off at Ind. 124 and remained so for an extended period in the grim tasks ahead, led by the coroner examinations and death rulings at the scene.
  Identifications brought the sad tasks of notifications to families.
  The Monroe Rescue Squad and the Adams County EMS acted, after the original tasks of getting the injured Harvey woman headed to the hospital, on the removal of the fatality victims, one by one.
  Authorities kept people away from the scene for this task, an always tough one even for seasoned veterans in emergency fields, and more so with the scope of loss in a multiple- death episode.
  It was after 4:30 p.m. before the gripping duty was completed and beyond 5 p.m. before wrecker action cleared the scene.
  Next to the accident location, on the east side of U.S. 27, migrant workers toiled in a tomato field, their harvest activities going forth throughout the period following the
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crash. A few wandered over at times to ask about the episode results. There was little to say.
  The state report referred to the Chevelle as apparently traveling at a high rate of speed in the circumstances that ended in the smashup.
  However, the Adams County Sheriff's Department, in charge of the investigation, did not refer to an excessive speed in its report. A road speed in that open area would be a high enough speed for a vehicle to lose control under some circumstances, of course, and the investigation was continuing in attempts to make determinations.
  State police, in their required listing, reported that both vehicles had seatbelts installed but not in use, although this was not stated as an indicated factor in the fatalities from this episode.
  Adams County Sheriff Thomas Coolman and Deputy John Whitright of the Adams department had assistance of other officers and aides on the scene of the investigation.
  Monroe area people, folks in nearby areas of Wells and Adams Counties and other Adams Central students plus faculty and administrators were stunned by the news as word spread on one of Indiana's largest traffic tragedies of 1985 -- one of the area's biggest over many years.
  The Bryan youth was a member of Adams Central's highly- regarded football team, a halfback on the squad.
  Young Andrews was on the Adams Central wrestling team, which team is a regular power in this part of Indiana or statewide. He had a 3-7 record in the 138-pound competition for the junior varsity last season.
  The Braun boy was a cross-country and track performer for the Jets. He was number 3 or number 4 runner on the cross-country team and a distance runner in track. He also was a wrestler, compiling a 15-2 mark in the 126-pound class for the junior varsity last season.
  The Grube youth was on the track team.
Steve Andrews' father, Jack Andrews, drives a school bus for the Adams Central system.
  Richard Braun's father, Richard "Dutch" Braun, was reported at Monroe as having retired only within recent months from Phelps Dodge auto sales firm in Fort Wayne.
  Grube's father, also known in Wells County, is a farmer.
  As noted, Jonathan Bryan's father, Edwin Bryan, is the school assistant principal.
  Discussions at the school among officials today included the subject of an appropriate memorial activity at Adams Central.
  The school's 401 pupils are close-knit, adding to the emotional blow over the tragedy.
  Supt. Lehman in quoted statements referred to the concern about pupils being "extremely distraught," but he added that "I also think the student body will realize this is part of life and that life will go on."
  The school's chief executive referred to tragedy coming home on the area.
  The Bryan youth's father, Assistant Principal Edwin Bryan, is remembered as a Lancaster High School graduate in Wells County. His father Bill Bryan, was a much-heralded coach of the Lancaster Bobcats basketball team in an era when Lancaster won sectional championships here.
  Edwin Bryan was a basketball star at Lancaster. His wife, mother of the accident victim, is the former Bonnie Gibson of Wells County, also a Lancaster graduate and employed over a number of past years at the Farmers & Merchants Bank in Bluffton.
  All four of the crash victims were popular with classmates and the staff at Adams Central, statements at the school and elsewhere noted.
  The Grube youth, who assisted his father in farm operations, attended the Bluffton Apostolic Christian Church. He was also a member of the Adams Central Future Farmers of America and and the school track team.
  Born July 10, 1968, at Montpelier, Ohio, he was a son of Paul and Jane Ann McVoy Grube, who reside on Decatur Route 4.
  Surviving are two sisters, Teresa and Misty, both at home; two brothers, Jay Grube of Decatur Route 4, and Lonnie Grube at home; maternal grandparents, Mrs. Ruth McVoy of Huntington and Mrs. Dorothy Hillard of Montpelier, Ohio, and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Freeman (Louise) Grube of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Pat Stahler of Montpelier, Ohio.
  After noon Friday friends may be received at Goodwin Memorial Chapel.
  At 3 p.m. Saturday the body will be taken to the Bluffton Apostolic Christian Church for services at 4 p.m. in charge of ministers of the church. Burial will be in Star of Hope Cemetery.
  Preferred are memorials to the Bluffton Apostolic Christian Church.
Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 265   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p. l, col. 1-8; p. 10, col. 1.

[photo caption:]   FOUR DIE -- The Chrysler at left virtually has plowed through the demolished Chevelle. All four occupants of the Chevelle -- all Adams Central High School students -- were dead at the scene. The Chrysler driver, Carol Harvey, 48, of Decatur Route 4, was injured seriously in the 3:15 p.m. Wednesday smashup. The scene is about 50 feet north of the U.S. 27 intersection with Adams County Road 100S, less than a mile south of Monroe and 12 miles east of Bluffton. The northbound Chevelle had gone out of control and slid sideways, right into the path of the southbound Harvey Chrysler. (Other photos on page 10.)
Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 265   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p.l, col. 1-6.

School Memorial Friday; All 4 Funerals Saturday
  Adams Central High School will have a memorial service Friday for the four accident victims. Funeral services for all four will be Saturday.
  Students will go to school at the regular time Friday morning. At 10:45 a.m., all will go to the basketball gym, where a memorial service will be held. It is expected to be about 30 minutes in duration. After the service, students will be bussed home, leaving about 11:15 a.m., school officials said.
  The school announcements included brief word on all the
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Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 265   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p.l, col. 7-8.

MASSIVE WRECKAGE--While the photo on page 1 is facing southward into the wreckage, this is the northward view of the four-fatality crash scene along U.S. 28 on the west side, less than a mile south of Monroe Wednesday afternoon. The northbound Chevelle (the back end of which is at left) had gone out of control and first left the highway on the east side. As it was brought back onto the road in apparent overcorrecting, police said, it skidded sideways, right into the path of the southbound Chrysler.
photo caption, Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 265   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p. 10, col. 6-8.

NEARLY SEVERED--The Chevelle nearly has been cut it half by the penetration of the Chrysler, as this view of the wreckage in the large tragedy illustrates. The Adams County Sheriff's Department investigated, assisted by state police. Emergency tasks and related duties were carried out by the Adams County EMS and Monroe Rescue Squad.
photo caption, Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 265   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p. 10, col. 6-8.

CHECKING SCENE--State police are seen gathering data as they help Adams County officers in the necessary tasks after the injured woman and the fatality victims have been removed.
photo caption, Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 265   Thursday, September 12, 1985   p. 10, col. 6-8.

Deaths
Rites at 10 a.m. Saturday Set for Richard Braun, Jr., 16
  A Mass of Resurrection for Richard A. "Richie" Braun, Jr., 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard "Dutch" Braun, 210 East Jackson St. in Monroe, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Father John E. Gillig will officiate and burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery.
  Friends may call today at Sefton Funeral Home in Decatur. A Scriptual Wake service will be held there at 8 p.m. today.
  The youth died in an auto crash Wednesday in Adams County.
  Preferred memorials are to the Richie A. Braun Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund or the St. Mary's Parish Improvement Fund.
  A member of the junior class at Adams Central, he was active in wrestling, track, and cross-country. He was a member of the school's swing choir, the Fort Wayne Track Club, Campus Life, and the Variety Farmers 4-H Club.
  He was born in Decatur Dec. 20, 1968, a son of Richard A. and Barbara Lash-Braun. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society.
  Survivors, in addition to the parents, are two brothers, Steven L., of Decatur, and Cpl. Tim J. Braun of Marine Barracks, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. David L. (Jacque) Geimer of Decatur Route 2; Rebecca A. Braun of Monroe; Mrs. Dennis (Susan K.) McKinney of Sun Prairie, Wis.; Mrs. Wally (Linda J.) Gregg of Decatur and Mrs. Todd (Nancy J.) Hoy of Fort Wayne.
Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 266   Friday, September 13, 1985   p.3, col. 1.

Saturday Services at 11:30 a.m. Planned for Jonathan Bryan, 17
  Services for Jonathan C. Bryan, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bryan, of Decatur Route 2, will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren, Rev. Norman L. Replogle will officiate at the services and burial will be in the church cemetery.
  Friends may call at Winteregg-Linn & Haggard Funeral Home in Decatur from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today.
  Memorials are to the Pleasant Dale Youth Fellowship for National Youth Conference, Estes Park, Colo., and the Pleasant Dale Building Fund.
  The youth died in an auto crash Wednesday in Adams County.
  A junior at Adams Central, he was a member of the football team, the student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Campus Life. He was a member of Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren and the CBYF of the church, of which he was a past president.
  Born in Allen County Aug. 23, 1968, he was a son of Edwin and Bonnie Gibson-Bryan.
  Survivors, in addition to the parents, are two brothers, Chad Bryan, a student at Purdue University, and Nat Bryan, a student at Manchester College; one sister, Mrs. John (Lisa) Schmitt of Mishawaka; and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. William (Hope) Bryan of Decatur Route 2.
Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 266   Friday, September 13, 1985   p.3, col. 1.

Services for Steven Andrews, 17, Will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday
  Services for Steven Joe Andrews, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Andrews, of Decatur Route 4, will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Winteregg-Linn & Haggard Funeral Home in Decatur. Rev. Peter Smith will officiate and burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery.
  Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-9 p.m. today.
  The youth died in an auto crash Wednesday in Adams County.
  A junior at Adams Central, he was a member of the wrestling team and attended St. Luke's United Church of Christ.
  Born Sept. 4, 1968 in Decatur, he was a son of Jack and Patricia Myers-Andrews.
  Surviving, in addition to the parents, are six brothers, Donald E. and Ross L. Andrews, both of Monroe; Gary R., Jerry T., Randy W., and Scott D. Andrews, all of Decatur Route 4; one sister, Laurinda M. Andrews, of Decatur Route 4, and the maternal grandmother, Laura Myers, of Decatur Route 6.
  Memorials are to the Adams Central School or St. Luke's United Church of Christ.
Bluffton News-Banner   Vol. LV No. 266   Friday, September 13, 1985   p.3, col. 1.




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