Campus, IL School Taxi and Train Crash, Apr 1950

SIX CHILDREN, MAN KILLED BY WABASH TRAIN.

SCHOOL TAXI SMASHED IN CROSSING CRASH IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS.

Campus, Ill., April 28 - (AP) - Six school children and the driver of their school taxi were killed yesterday in the collision of their car and a Wabash Railroad crack streamliner.
The accident occurred at an unguarded crossing two blocks from the Campus consolidated grade school.
The six children, ranging in age from 8 to 13, were being taken to their farm homes near this small north central Illinois community.
The passenger train, "The Blue Banner," was northbound to Chicago from St. Louis. It passed Campus at 4:15 p.m., 20 minutes behind schedule. It sped on for more than a mile after the crash, carrying the wreckage and six bodies with it, before stopping. One child was hurled from the car, a 1947 sedan. The train arrived in Chicago one hour late.
The driver was LEO KANNE, 52, whose wife, Helen, 50, is principal of the grade school. The dead were identified by Coroner Vernon VanQualen of Livingston County as GEORGE FREDERICK JOHNSON, 8; and his sister, JUDITH KAY JOHNSON, 9; ALICE MAE McCARTER, 11, and her sister ETHEL McCARTER, 13; BARBARA SEABERT, 8; and MARY HELEN ZIEHR, 13.

Moberly Monitor-Index Missouri 1950-04-28