Dixon, IL Three Trucks And Auto Crash, Nov 1959


Dixon, Ill. - (AP) - Seven persons, six of them members of one family, were killed today in a collision of three heavy trucks and a car on U.S. Route 30 in northwestern Illinois. Two of the trucks and the car burned.
State police said the westbound parcel truck apparently side-swiped the first of two eastbound oil trucks, sending it onto the highway shoulder, then smashed another tank trailer loaded with oil.
The impact ripped the cab from the parcel truck and hurled it onto the approaching eastbound auto, smashing it down to seat level and spewing barrels of soybean oil and burning truck fuel over the wreckage.
Dead were EARL MARTIN and his wife, MYRTLE, their son and daughter-in-law, RICHARD and JoANNE MARTIN, all of Prophetstown, the elder Martins' daughter and son-in-law, JEAN and WILLARD HARTSHORN of Rock Falls, and truck driver EDWARD P. HIRSCH, Clinton, Ia.
ROBERT TAKERSLEY, 26, of Chicago, driver of a United Parcel Service semi-trailer truck, was taken to a hospital in nearby Amboy with severe burns and lacerations. HIRSCH was driving a Pillsbury Milling Co. tank truck loaded with soybean oil.
The driver of the other truck, also a loaded Pillsbury oil truck, was not hurt and was not immediately identified.

The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune Iowa 1959-11-09