Normal, IL Fiery Collision Kills Seven, Apr 1956
NORMAL CRASH KILLS SEVEN IN ONE FAMILY.
Normal, Ill., - UP - Seven members of a family of migratory workers were killed Friday in a fiery collision on U.S. 51. Six other members of the family were injured.
The family, of Mexican extraction, was en route to Princeton, Ill., to report to R. K. Fuller about employment.
Their stake-bed truck brushed a tractor driven by ROY HOWELL, Bloomington, tipped on its side, slid 100 feet and burst into flames in a ditch.
Killed in the wreck were:
FIDEL MENDOZA, 54;
ISAAC, 21, who was driving;
RENE, 16, also in the cab;
and WILLIAM, 13;
and Fidel's wife, MARY, 37, all in the bed of the truck.
Authorities said one of the younger children was the son of a Mendoza daughter.
The injured who apparently were thrown free before the truck started burning, were RENALDO, 14; ROBERTO, 9; EVA, 5; ERNA, 7; OLGA, 18, and MARTHA, 4.
HOWELL was not injured in the accident, which occurred about a half mile north of here as both vehicles were heading north.
Authorities said the MENDOZA family was from McAllen, Tex., and that members of the family carried social security cards indicating they were American citizens.
The Daily Chronicle De Kalb Illinois 1956-04-07