Hamel, IL Head On Auto Collision, Jan 1942
8 ALTON PERSONS AMONG VICTIMS OF CRASH NEAR HAMEL.
AUTOMOBILES CRASH AT INTERSECTION OF ROUTES 140 AND 43.
COUNTY'S WORST TRAGEDY.
MANGLED BODIES STREWN ON ROAD - CARS HURLED INTO FIELD.
List of Dead And Injured.
LAWRENCE PADDOCK, of 212 Marshall Street, driver of one car.
CAROLYN SUE PADDOCK, his year-old daughter.
LEROY FRAILEY, 21, of 212 Marshall, brother of MRS. PADDOCK.
MRS. MYRA CLOYS, 20, of 1105 East Seventh.
MRS. CLARA FINLEY, Cottage Hills, aunt of MRS. PADDOCK.
MRS. ROSEMARY WOOLSEY, 21, wife of HAROLD WOOLSEY, 2724 Residence Street.
MRS. WINNIE PRYOR, 47, 2734 Residence Street.
MARCELLA PRYOR, 16, her daughter.
HAROLD KING, 19, of Repton, Ky., a nephew of MRS. PRYOR.
HAROLD WOOLSEY, 21, driver of the second car.
MRS. PAULINE PADDOCK, wife of LAWRENCE.
Both injured are patients at St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland, where MRS. PADDOCK'S condition was reported as critical, that of WOOLSEY as serious.
WOOLSEY, who suffered a brain concussion, fractures of bones in one hand, chest fracture and internal injuries, had rallied at 4 a.m. today, the attending surgeon said, and had shown improvement.
MRS. PADDOCK'S condition continued critical at noon today. She suffered a skull fracture, fractures of both legs, chest fracture and internal injuries.
Hamel, Illinois - Nine persons, eight from Alton, were dead, a tenth lay near death, and another was in a hospital, today, the result of an automobile collision Friday night between Hamel and Alhambra - the worst motor tragedy in the history of Madison County.
The tragedy occurred at the junction of Highways 140 and 43, about 23 miles east of Alton. There, two Alton cars crashed - one of them en route to Alton, the other en route to Kentucky from Alton.
The crash cost the lives of five women, three men, and a year-old daughter of one of the victims.
In St. Joseph's Hospital at Highland was MRS. PAULINE PADDOCK, wife of one of the victims. Her condition was reported as serious. Also in the Highland Hospital was HAROLD WOOLSEY, 21, driver of one of the cars and husband of one of the victims.
HAROLD WOOLSEY and his wife were accompanied by MRS. WINNIE PRYOR, her daughter, MARCELLA, and her nephew, HAROLD KING, of Repton, Ky.
MR. and MRS. WOOLSEY resided in an apartment at the home of MRS. PRYOR at 2734 Residence Street. MRS. PRYOR'S mother, Mrs. John A. Nation, is ill at Repton, Ky., and WOOLSEY laid off from work at Laclede Steel Co. to drive MRS. PRYOR to Kentucky. MRS. WOOLSEY, MRS. PRYOR'S daughter, MARCELLA, and her nephew, KING, visiting here and recently returned from a CCC camp, accompanied them.
LAWRENCE PADDOCK was believed to have been driving the other car, in which four other persons were riding. They were returning from Ramsey, Ill., after an afternoon visit with Mrs. Paddock's grandmother.
Then, 23 miles from Alton, the two Alton automobiles collided with terrific force. State patrolmen said both cars were badly damaged, and were found in a field 150 feet from the intersection. Mangled bodies of the victims were scattered along the roadside. WOOLSEY was the only one of the 11 persons in the two cars not thrown out.
State police said they were unable to determine on which highways the cars were traveling. They found WOOLSEY'S watch had stopped at 7:45, indicating the time of the collision.
Seven persons were found dead immediately after the crash. Four others were taken in ambulances to St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland. They were WOOLSEY, MRS. PADDOCK, and her baby daughter, CAROLYN SUE, and MRS. PRYOR. Death of MRS. PRYOR ensued before the ambulance reached the hospital, and the PADDOCK baby died in the hospital at 10 p.m. Death of the baby brought the death toll to nine.
Five ambulances responded to the call to move the injured from the scene of the accident, coming from Carrollton, Litchfield, Alhambra, New Douglas, and Highland.
Hugo Latowsky, deputy coroner at New Douglas, said today no time had been set for an inquest. Before setting the date, he wishes to secure a statement from either WOOLSEY or MRS. PADDOCK. He hoped to conduct the inquest Monday or Tuesday, he told the Telegraph.
Alton Evening Telegraph Illinois 1942-01-03