Grand Chain, IL Auto And Truck Crash, Aug 1951

SEVEN KILLED IN ACCIDENT NEAR CAIRO.

SIX MEXICAN LABORERS DIE IN AUTO-TRUCK COLLISION, SEVENTH DIES IN HOSPITAL.

By Associated Press.
Cairo, Ill. - Six Mexican laborers were killed early Sunday in an auto-truck collision near Grand Chain, Ill., about 20 miles north of Cairo.
Sheriff John Barnett of Pulaska County identified the victims as RAMIRO N. GUAJARDO, the driver; PEDRO GUAJARDO; PESADO ESPINOSA GESSUS; BALTASAR CONTRERAZ; VECENTE ESTERODA GUTIERREZ, and one unidentified man riding in the auto with the Mexicans.
The seventh, ROSENDO MARTINEZ GUTIERREZ, died at 1:30 a.m. today.
Mexican passports were found on the victim's bodies. The driver's license was from Mercedes, Texas.
The truck, southbound on U.S. Highway 37 loaded with corn, was driven by CHARLES COTTONE of Marion, Ill. He suffered cuts and bruises.

Mt. Vernon Register-News Illinois 1951-08-13