Springfield, IL Two Car Accident Kills Five, Dec 1956
TWO CAR COLLISION ON ICE.
Springfield, Ill., (AP) - The five-fatality wreck, one of the nation's worst, occurred Christmas Day on U.S. 66 just south of Springfield. Two of the critically injured were not expected to live.
CLEO EVANS, 45, Gary, Ind.;
his wife, GEORGIA, 38;
and two of their children, JENNIFER, 2, and ERNEST, 8;
and MRS. MATILDA REMINGTON, Glenarm, Ill.
Police said a car driven by MRS. EVANS and carrying eight passengers, apparently skidded on a patch of icy pavement and rammed into a car driven by EUGENE REMINGTON, 58.
REMINGTON and five other EVANS children, DORIS, 15; CLEO, JR., 12; LEO, 10; CATSENA, 13; and KENNETH, 10 months, were injured critically.
One of the dead youngsters was not extricated from the wreckage until a tow truck pulled the cars apart. He still was clutching a toy pistol he received for Christmas when his body was removed from the debris.
Daily Chronicle De Kalb Illinois 1956-12-26