Johnstown City, IL Bus And Train Crash, Sep 1943


Johnstown City, Ill., Sept. 20 - (INS) - An inquest was scheduled today into a Greyhound bus - Missouri Pacific train crash in which seven persons were killed and 53 injured.
The crash occurred yesterday on a grade crossing two miles south of Johnstown City, Ill., about 300 miles south of Chicago, as the bus, in which every seat was filled and passengers stood in the aisles, traveled downhill.
The dead were J. R. HART, 38, of Memphis, driver of the bus; ED WHITE, 62, Johnstown City; DOROTHY JANE PATE, 41, Ypsilanti, Mich.; EDDIE LOIS MARSHALL, one-year-old, Hutting, Ark., negro; LOUIS LOCKOFSKI, Paducah, Ky.; MRS. GEORGIA HAWKINS, Milwaukee, negro; and an unidentified white woman between 40 and 50, who was hurled underneath the wheels of the train from the bus and decapitated.
The bus, en-route to Chicago from Memphis, Tenn., plowed into the first car of the train, powered by a diesel engine which pulled two cars. The first car toppled over as the bus rammed it. The second car was derailed but remained upright.

The Lincoln Star Nebraska 1943-09-20