Springfield, IL Two Car Accident Kills Five, Dec 1956

TWO CAR COLLISION ON ICE.

Springfield, Ill., (AP) - The five-fatality wreck, one of the nation's worst, occurred Christmas Day on U.S. 66 just south of Springfield. Two of the critically injured were not expected to live.
Dead were:
CLEO EVANS, 45, Gary, Ind.;
his wife, GEORGIA, 38;
and two of their children, JENNIFER, 2, and ERNEST, 8;
and MRS. MATILDA REMINGTON, Glenarm, Ill.
Police said a car driven by MRS. EVANS and carrying eight passengers, apparently skidded on a patch of icy pavement and rammed into a car driven by EUGENE REMINGTON, 58.
REMINGTON and five other EVANS children, DORIS, 15; CLEO, JR., 12; LEO, 10; CATSENA, 13; and KENNETH, 10 months, were injured critically.
One of the dead youngsters was not extricated from the wreckage until a tow truck pulled the cars apart. He still was clutching a toy pistol he received for Christmas when his body was removed from the debris.

Daily Chronicle De Kalb Illinois 1956-12-26