Lubbock, TX Train And Truck Crash, Nov 1949
7 COTTON PICKERS KILLED, 10 HURT IN TRAIN-TRUCK CRASH.
Lubbock, Nov. 23. (AP) - Seven persons were killed and 10 others were injured when a freight train plowed into a truckload of cotton pickers 11 miles northwest of Lubbock today.
Bodies and parts of the truck were strewn for a hundred yards along the right-of-way as horrified witnesses watched.
Some of the injured were in a critical condition.
Victims were all Latin-American residents of Lubbock, headed for a day of picking in a cotton field.
The dead included:
A. C. QUIRINO, about 40, owner and driver of the truck and boss of the crew. He was killed instantly.
FRANCISCO QUIRINO, also about, 40, a brother of A. C. QUIRINO.
JOE MARENO, 16, who died in a Lubbock hospital.
FRED PADRON, 20, who also died in a Lubbock hospital.
RAYMOND HERNANDEZ, 22.
ANGELO GONZALES, 13.
The accident occurred at a place where a small side road crossed the railroad tracks. The crossing was guarded by a signal - a device with a swinging arm.
William Rust of Slaton, Tex. was engineer of the Santa Fe freight train. His fireman, a man named Hollingsworth, saw the truck first and shouted to Rust, "Put it in the big hole," railroad lingo for "Throw on the emergency brake."
Rust threw on the brake, but it was too late.
With a sickening crash the train piled into the truck, heavy-laden with humanity.
The scene was near the community of Shallowater, Tex. The accident occurred about 9 a.m.
The train hit the truck dead-center and carried it down the tracks, grinding it to destruction.
Six ambulances brought the dead and injured to Lubbock.
The injured included:
AARON QUIRINO, 60.
EDWARD QUIRINO, 12.
YVONNE QUIRINO, 16.
JUAN JINIZORO, 25.
JOE TODD, 15.
NICHOLAS PADRON, 30.
MARELA PADRON, 18.
PAUL GARCIA, 20, formerly of Robstown, Texas.
The train was headed northwest, from Lubbock to Clovis, N.M.
The tragedy was remindful of another on at a grade crossing near Alamo, Tex., in the Rio Grande Valley when 29 persons were injured fatally March 14, 1930. Fifteen more were injured but survived. A Missouri-Pacific train hit a truck loaded with 41 cotton pickers then. At that time it was the worst traffic accident in the history of Texas.
Abilene Reporter-News Texas 1949-11-23