Union, NE Train and Trailer Truck Collision, July 1953
HEAD AND ARM THROUGH TRUCK'S WINDSHIELD.
LAVON CONSTANT IS HOME; CRASH KILLED DRIVER.
Union, Neb. - LAVON CONSTANT, 21, was thrown partly through the windshield of the tractor-trailer truck which collided with a switch engine Monday near Union, Neb. The crash killed the truck driver.
CONSTANT returned by bus yesterday to Livingston County, and was taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Fay Constant of Springhill. Mrs. Dale Constant said LAVON'S head and one arm went through the windshield. Some teeth were knocked out and others will have to be pulled, it was said. The underside of his top lip was severely cut and had to be sewed back. The arm was cut and CONSTANT suffered other cuts and bruises.
The truck engine was knocked backward against the driver and part of the cab was pushed in by the trailer. The driver, DAVID WILLARD of Bell Gardens, Calif., was pinned in. He died of shock and loss of blood.
The driver had told CONSTANT, who was hitch-hiking, that he had married a Cox of Chillicothe, but did not identify her further.
LAVON had been in the Dakotas and was on his way home.
Chillicothe Constitution Tribune Missouri 1953-07-23