Pana, IL Train And Auto Collision, Dec 1949

FOUR KILLED IN TRAIN MISHAP.

Pana, Ill., Dec. 23 (AP) - Two youths and two teenage girls were killed and a third girl was seriously injured last night in an automobile-freight train collision near here.
Coroner Earl J. Baker of Christian County said the 10-year-old car crashed into a New York Central freight train at a crossing about two miles west of this south-central Illinois community. The train en-route from St. Louis to Indianapolis, was delayed three hours. Bodies of the victims were thrown several hundred feet along the railroad right-of-way.

Conditions Critical.
Baker said the five young people were returning to Pana after driving a third boy to his farm home, about a mile from the accident scene. He said the condition of the injured girl, PHYLLIS HUFFMASTER, 16, is critical. She was removed to a Pana Hospital.
The dead, all of Pana, were identified as HERMAN BECKER, 20, driver of the car; JOHN HILL, 17;
BARBARA HAVRILKA, 16, and DELORES POTCHKES, 16.

Lubbock Evening Journal Texas 1949-12-23