Princeton, IL Auto And Train Collision, Dec 1942


Princeton, Dec. 24 - Seven persons, en route to a rural school Christmas party, were killed yesterday when the automobile in which they were riding skidded into the path of a Chicago, Burlington and Quincy passenger train.
The dead were identified as MR. and MRS. WILLIAM CLAN, Princeton; and their three children, JOSEPHINE, 8; HARRY, 4; and VIRGINIA, 2. The others killed were MRS. CHARLES JACKSON, also of Princeton, and her one-year-old grand-daughter, VIOLA NEFF.
The accident occurred a mile east of Princeton. The car was carried down the tracks about a mile before the train could be halted. The bodies, strewn along the right-of-way, were so badly mangled it was hard to identify them.
The train, a Burlington Zephyr, was delayed an hour.

Belvidere Daily Republican Illinois 1942-12-24