Lubbock, TX train wreck, Nov 1949

Train Hits Truck; 7 Die, 10 Injured

Lubbock, Tex., (UP) - A Santa Fe railway freight train rammed a truckload of cotton pickers on a rural grade-crossing Wednesday, killing seven persons and injuring 10 others.

The accident happened at 9 a.m. CST, near Shallow Water, about 11 miles northwest of Lubbock.

Only four of the dead were identified by rescue parties who hurried to the scene. They were:

A. C. Quirino, about 40, the driver, his brother, Francisco; Joe Moreno, 16, and Fred Padron, 20, of Lubbock.

Fireman J. Hollingsworth said he saw the truck first aas it was attempting to cross the tracks.

"I yelled to Rust (Engineer William Rust of Slayton) to 'put it in the big hole (pull the emergency brake).' The next thing I know we had hit it."

D. H. McKeever of Shallowater, said he was "about a quarter-mile away when it happened."

"I saw bodies thrown into the air," he said.

Bodies were strewn about 100 yards along the right-of-way. The truck was demolished and gasoline spilled on the tracks, but there was no fire.

The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, IL 23 Nov 1949