Laporte, IN Two Truck Collision, Sep 1948
11 DIE AS TRUCKS CRASH HEAD-ON.
Laporte, Ind. (AP) - Two trucks collided during a violent rainstorm near here yesterday, killing at least 11 onion field workers and injuring six others.
The dead were riding in the rear of a light truck, which met head-on with a semi-trailer loaded with automobiles.
The dead were strewn along U. S. Highway 35, 13 miles south of Laporte. The accident occurred along a straight section of the highway near a junction with Road 6.
There apparently were no witnesses to the mass tragedy, which happened as the workers were on their way home from a day in the Kankakee River Valley fields.
Howard Good, an employee of the Lucas garage located near the scene of the crash, said a young boy was decapitated and the other dead were piled grotesquely over the blacktop road.
The semi-trailer, with its cargo undamaged, went out of control off the highway and stopped at the side of a barn owned by John Scale.
The light truck remained on the highway. Neither vehicle overturned.
The driver of the heavy truck was identified as ROBERT TWEEDIE, 35, of Logansport. TWEEDIE, employed by the Gilstrap, Inc. trucking firm of Indianapolis was taken to Fairview Hospital here. The extent of his injuries were not immediately determined.
The workers had been employed by the L. Donchin growers of near North Judson, Ind.
The identified dead, all of North Judson, Indiana:
MRS. BLANCHE CARPENTER, 40;
VERNON WHITE, 18;
FRED TESKE, 22;
PIERCE RICHIE, 20;
MERVIN WHITE, 20;
THOMAS FORTE, 22;
JOSEPH SALYER, 16, of Knox, Ind.;
three unidentified men;
unidentified boy, about 15.
The dead and injured were brought here.
The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1948-09-21