Mattoon, IL Train And Automobile Collision, May 1959
7 YOUTHS DIE, BOY HURT AS TRAIN HITS CAR.
Mattoon, Ill. (AP) -- Seven young people who had just left a high school dance were killed early today, and one was critically injured in a grade crossing collision with an Illinois Central passenger train.
The 20-car "Louisiane," New Orleans bound from Chicago, carried the auto a quarter of a mile.
The dead were:
JERRY HILL, 18.
IRENE MOON, 16.
JUDY GREEN, 18.
DOROTHY THOMAS, 18.
LORAINE PFEIFFER, 17, and her 18-year-old brother, LISLE, all of Shelbyville, Illinois.
JERRY HAYES, 19, of Woodlawn, Illinois.
MISS THOMAS died in Mattoon Memorial Hospital several hours after the crash. The sole survivor was IVAN MOON, 22, brother of IRENE. HAYES and MOON were University of Illinois students.
An Illinois Central spokesman said the passenger train normally sped 70 to 75 m.p.h. through the Mattoon area of east central Illinois.
The collision occurred at a dirt road crossing two miles north of Mattoon. The tracks run adjacent to U.S. 45 where police said the students, returning from the Shelbyville High prom, had turned off into the dirt road.
Steubenville Herald Star Ohio 1959-05-16