Peosta, IA Auto And Truck Collision, Sep 1947
TWO DEAD IN CURVE CRASH NEAR PEOSTA.
VETERAN, SISTER VICTIMS AS AUTO GOES UNDER TRUCK.
Peosta (AP) - A brother and sister were killed early today in an auto-truck collision on a quiet country road near here.
The victims were EDWARD J. McDERMOTT, 28, and LEONA McDERMOTT, 19, both of Bernard.
Their car driven by McDERMOTT, was going down an inclined curve when a delivery truck driven by Dan McCarthy, 30, also of Bernard, appeared from the opposite direction.
McCarthy, who was not injured, said he saw the car from a distance of 50 feet and "applied my brakes and headed for the ditch on my side of the road."
"It was all over before I knew what happened," he related.
The McDERMOTT car apparently became caught under the truck body and was completely wrecked. The girl's body was pinned inside the wreckage, while that of her brother, a veteran of World War II, was thrown out of the car.
Sheriff Leo J. Martin said he thought the accident was unavoidable because of overcast weather and overhanging trees which hindered the drivers' vision.
Iowa City Press-Citizen Iowa 1947-09-12