West Frankfort, IL Auto And Train Crash, Mar 1947

RAIL CRASH IS FATAL FOR NINE YOUTHS AT WEST FRANKFORT.

West Frankfort, Ill. - (INS) - Officials today planned an investigation of an automobile-train collision in which four girls and five youths were killed about a mile west of West Frankfort.
The victims of yesterday's collision ranged in age from 19 to 25 years.
They were crowded into a two-door sedan which rammed a coal tender of a Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad switching engine.
The dead are:
WILMA ARNETT.
her sister GOLDA ARNETT.
PEGGY WILLIAMS.
THELMA VINEYARD.
JOHN GADDIS, all of West Frankfort.
SAMUEL L. COFFELL, Christopher, Ill.
RANDALL HARRIS, Valier, Ill.
HOWARD NIBLETT, Christopher, Ill., owner and driver of the car.
MIKE PUSKAR, Valier, Ill.
The young persons apparently were en-route to West Frankfort after a Saturday night outing when the accident occurred.
Guthrie said his fireman, F. J. King of Herrin, saw the ill-fated automobile traveling toward the engine at a high rate of speed.
He quoted King as saying the car seemed to slow down and then pick up speed again in an apparent effort to beat the locomotive over the crossing.

The Lincoln Star Nebraska 1947-03-17