Eldena, IL Train And Truck Collision, Sept 1966
TRAIN AND TRUCK COLLIDE; 6 DEAD.
Eldena, Ill. (AP) -- A tragic train-truck accident in the northwestern Illinois community of Eldena has taken the lives of five schoolboys and the elderly man drving them home.
The victims were killed Tuesday in a collision of an Illinois Central freight train and an open pickup truck driven by EVERETT MULLINS, 73, the school janitor. One of the boys was riding in the cab of the truck, the others were riding in the open bed.
The boys helped MULLINS load a grader on the truck and then jumped on the rear to steady the equipment. The grader was being hauled across the tracks which are approximately 75 feet from the elementary school. All the boys were students at the school.
The victims were: JAMES SHOEMAKER, 12, Eldena; WILLIAM BOTHE, 13, Amboy; REID MILLER, 12, Amboy; ROBERT MICHAEL ENLOW, 14, Amboy, and MARTIN A CRUZE, 13, Dixon.
Muscatine Journal Iowa 1966-09-21