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Minonk News Dispatch
Minonk News Dispatch
Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Description: Eureka Man Dies When Train Hits Truck

Date: March 17 1921

Newspaper published in: Minonk

Source: microfilm

Andrew Tomb Killed

Eureka Man Driving Truck, When Passenger Train Hits Him

Andrew Tomb, produce dealer of Eureka, was instantly killed about 7:45 o'clock yesterday morning when a heavy truck in which he was seated was struck broadside by an eastbound passenger train on the T.P. & W. railroad. Tomb was killed at the road crossing about one block west of the depot in Eureka.

According to eye witnesses Tomb was seated in the front of the truck with the driver. Eureka residents say they drove directly in front of the oncoming train and evidently did not notice it until too late to stop. The truck was turned half way around by the force of the collision and Tomb was thrown between the truck and train. His head was crushed.

The driver of the truck, a man named Floter, was thrown in an opposite direction and is said to be uninjured. Steps of coaches in the train were torn off by scraping against the truck, according to reports received here.

The deceased is approximately 50 years old, and has been in business at Eureka many years. He made regular trips to Peoria in the truck in which he was riding when he met his death. He is survived by his wife and three children: Mrs Emil Eskengren [?], of Donovan, and Fae and June of Eureka.

Submitted: 11/05/09

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