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Winston, MO Auto And Truck Collision, Nov 1938

CRASH BRINGS TRAGIC END TO HOLIDAY TRIP; TWO DEAD, 9 INJURED.

MAN, BOY KILLED IN COLLISION AT WINSTON; HAD VISITED MONASTERY.

Winston, Mo., Nov. 25 -- (AP) -- Two persons were killed near here tonight in an automobile-truck collision that brought a tragic climax to the holiday pleasure trip of 60 Brookfield, Mo., youngsters, all members of the Catholic society of the Immaculate Conception.
Nine others were injured, four critically, in the accident that occurred as the caravan of seven motor cars was returning from Conception where the youths had gone to visit a Catholic school monestary.
The dead were TOM MELVIN, 71, retired Burlington Railroad engineer who was driving the car, and WILLIAM VATER, 16, one of eight boys riding with him.
Boys in the car who were reported in a critical condition at Brookfield tonight were EUGENE RILEY, GERALD GOECKE, EDWARD ROBINSON and BERNARD McGRAIL.
EILHU THOMPSON, Altamont, driver of the truck, was taken to a St. Joseph Hospital with a crushed elbow. His brother, ALLEN THOMPSON, Winston, was reported injured but the extent of his injuries were not learned.
The other boys in the car, none of whom was reported critically hurt, were JAMES ROBINSON, LEROY ROBINSON and BERNARD VARDEMAN.
The youngsters were taken first to a hospital at Cameron and then to Brookfield. The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 60.

Daily Capital News Springfield Missouri 1938-11-26

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