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Victims of Rail Wreck Tell
Of Terror and Acts of Heroism By th« Associated Press # AURORA, 111., April 26.—Terror gripped the passengers trapped in the rear car of the Burlington Rail road’s Advance Flyer when it was struck by the line’s speeding Expo sition Flyer at nearby Naperville yesterday. Some of the victims, in St. Charles Hospital here, related their harrowing experience and of the many acts of heroism as uniden tified men and women helped lift or carry injured passengers through windows to safety. After the first shock and fright, there were more agonizing moments for the trapped passengers, fearing that fire would result as acetylene torches dropped sparks into the car while workmen attempted to rescue them. Many of the passengers were caught under the wreckage, bodies and luggage. Dies After Wiring Parents. Delbert Boon. 21, a • sailor of Luray, Mo., was one of the men taken out of the car and brought to St. Charles Hospital. There he immediately telegraphed his par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Boon: "Come and see me. Was in train accident.’’ Thirty minutes later he died. Mrs. Irene Cook, 20, who was on her way with her mother, Mrs. Florence Whitehouse, from Sche nectady, N. Y., to a new home in Kahoka, Mo„ was in the rear car of the Advance flyer. “I was seated facing the approach ing train,” Mrs. Cook said, “but it all happened so fast I didn’t see it clearly. Suddenly I must have' been thrown into the air, because I remember hitting the seat twice with my head and waking up under! a pile of people and seats. My mother was buried beneath another seat. Still Frightened After Rescue. "There was so much screaming that I was as frightened when I rescued as when the crash occurred.i The men came .with their torches! through the top of the car and sparks fell. We were afraid they would ignite oil in the car. One of my legs was caught under some thing, but I pulled it free and went around putting out the sparks as they fell. “Even before the rescuers started working we were frightened by the smell of ashes. I was taken out of a window.” Meanwhile, her mother, whose address was listed as Cohoes, N. Y„ had been taken to the Copley Hospital in Aurora. She under went a leg amputation. Mrs. Anne Hovey, 72, of Keokuk, Iowa, who was seated near Mrs. Cook and her mother, said that "things happened so fast that I don’t remember what happened to me. I was doubled up suddenly and my knees were pushed against my chest.” Her legs were fractured, i Rescued Through Window. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Faber of Keo-1 kuk, also in the rear car, said “everything fell on us” when the trains crashed. Mr. Faber, released from the Marine Corps two days ago, and 'his wife were rescued' through a window. By a fortunate coincidence, a full' staff of physicians and nurses was! available at St. Charles Hospital when the victims were brought in for treatment. A weekly staff meet ing was being held by 50 physicians and surgeons and 77 nurses and student nurses. They went imme diately to the emergency and oper ating rooms to treat the injured. Among the many acts of heroism witnessed at the scene of the wreck were those of the Rev. Dunston Velese of St. Francis College of Quincy, 111. Although he suffered a fractured leg, he remained on the scene for more than 30 minutes, hobbling from victim to victim and performing the last rites of the Ro man Catholic Church. He was re moved to St. Charles Hospital when other Catholic priests relieved him. Casualties in Rail Wreck By th« Associated Pres* NAPERVILLE, 111., April 26.— Following is the list of identified casualties in the Burlington Rail road wreck: THE DEAD. Abbott, Arthur, Berwyn, 111., din ing car steward. Anderson, A. H., Lincoln, Nebr Bentler, Joe, Fort Madison or West Point, Iowa. Brown, R. V., Chicago. Boon, Delbert, Luray, Mo. Crayton, E. H., 45, Galesburg, 111. Chamberlain, Charles, Chicago. Carr, Daniel Nathaniel, Chicago. Conner, Everett Eugene, South Bend, Ind. Collins, Mrs. Charlotte, 71, Hanni-i bal. Mo. Dickhut, Kenneth W., San Diego,! Calif. Farley, Mary A., Omaha, Nebr. Flotkoetter, Kay Lummis, Chi-1 cago. Howard, Richard E., discharged sailor. King. E. A.. Chicago. Lane, Albert J., 56, Chicago. Long, Harry W, ex-serviceman, 21, Burlington, Iowa. Lett, Elza. Kenova, W. Va. Lawrence. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew,1 Escanaba, Mich. Langen, Mrs. Mary, 45, Quincy, 111. Miller, A1 N., 37, Chicago. Moos, Lep P., Moorhead, Minn. Mennen, Mrs. P. L. <Mayme), Burlington, Iowa. Nian, Mr., no address available. Ralston, John Nicholas, Des Plaines, 111. Robinson, Fred, 62, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Rohr, Abraham, 75, Chicago. Rohr, Mrs. Elizabeth, Chicago. Sherwood, E. Read, Chicago and New Orleans. S'nutz, Emily, Lowland, 111. Sromovsky, Mrs. Sophie, 29, Plym outh, Pa. Takashima, Lucy, Quincy, 111. Voss. E. H., Seaman 1/c, address unknown. Whitehead. Russell L„ Weymouth, Mass. Wiley, Mrs. A. J., Chicago. Wiley, Raudy, 2. Chicago. Wiley, Perry, 4, Chicago. «, Wilson, Mrs. Florence, State Col lege, Pa. j Yarborough. Clifford, 58, Alton. 111. THE INJURED. Brown, Ernest, 43, Chicago, cook on Exposition Flyer, not serious. Blaine, W. W.. 68, Galesburg, 111., engineer on Exposition Flyer, not serious. Braxton, Ellis, 38, Chicago, train porter, not serious. Butler, Charles W. 50. Chicago, cook on Advance Flyer. Chaney, Thomas, 20, Council Bluffs, Iowa, condition serious. Cook, Mrs. Irene, 20, Cohoes, N. Y., not serious. Cooper, Mattie, 82, Hutsonville, 111. not serious. Cater, Vernon, 42. dining car waiter, Chicago, not serious. Donegan, Don, 48, Chicago, train cook. Drennan, C. O., Aurora, 111. Evjeen, Mrs. John O., Carthage,1 111., fractured left leg, critical. Faber, Henry, 28, Keokuk. Iowa,' condition not serious. Faber, Mrs. Henry, 27, Keokuk,; Iowa, hurt badly. Greenbaum, Sol, 27, St Louis, not' serious. Hovey, Mrs. Anne, Keokuk, Iowa, not critical. Henne, Mrs. Clara, Omaha, Nebr. Jaeger, Raymond, 21, Pfc., Burl ington, Iowa, not serious. Kyer, Mrs. Ruth, Hannibkl, Mo., not serious. Melton, W. A., Chicago, not serious. "When it conies to PAINT I’ll Take O’Brien’s” The painter’* choice for eas«^ of application .. The home own er's choice for durability . . . I bold, tn Washington, Only by usmftiico. 2437 18th St., N.W.—CO. 6088 Circulation, March, 1946 (Average net paid) The Evening Star..215,792 The Sunday Star..__230,738 (95.5% in City and Tradlm Area) k McCloud, Julius, Chicago, dining car waiter on Exposition Flyer, con dition undetermined. McIntosh, John J., San Diego, Calif., minor back injuries. McBride, William E., 26, Chicago, train waiter. Peters, Miss Ruth, Washington. D. C„ fractured legs, shock, condi tion critical. Ringgold, H E., Scarsdale, N. Y. Sayler, Leona, 1526 Seventeenth street, Washington, D. C„ critical. Sromovsky, MSgt. John A., 29, Fort Robinson, Nebr., not serious. Sumpter, Harrison. 38, Chicago, train waiter. Sexton, Dexter A., Mount Ayr, Iowa, condition critical. Velesz, Rev. Dunston, St. Francis College, Quincy, 111., not serious. j Whitehouse, Mrs. Florence, 46, Cohoes, N. Y.. right leg amputated, condition critical. Wreck < Continued From First Page.! "I’m going to stop that train be hind us.” But before he had walked a do' steps the Exposition Flyer crash into the stalled train. The diner ahead of the telescop rear coach was torn into a heap c twisted steel and debris. The third car from the end was half over turned and the fourth car was com pletely overturned. The Red Cross quickly set up dis aster relief headquarters at the scene and help dame from all sides. Across the tracks, hundreds of workers in a furniture factory rushed to give aid, 50 students at North Central College quit classes to serve as litter bearers. Uninjured passengers worked feverishly to ren der aid to the scores of victims. Doctors Race to Scene. In a few minutes, doctors, nurses and ambulances were racing to the scene from neighboring communi ties. Rescue lines were formed and a warehouse was converted into a temporary hospital where the in jured were given first aid. The more serious cases were taken to, hospitals in nearby Aurora. Edward Flynn, executive vice president of the railroad, said the automatic signal systems had been functioning properly. The unsched uled stop by the Advance Flyer was made when trouble developed in the undercarriage of the train, he said. Investigations continued today by the railroad and by the Du Page County, coroner and State’s at torney. Thousands of curious jammed highways and every street in Naper ville during the afternoon and night. , Hundreds remained in the early morning hours as workmen sought to clear the wreckage. D. C. Man Receives Medal of Freedom For his work in devising a comput ing formula for more efficient bomb ing operations in the Southwest Pacific, Robert Dorfman, 1432 Girard street N.W., a civilian operations analyist in the War Department,; received the Medal of Freedom today at Bolling Field, it was an nounced at Strategic Air Command headquarters. The Medal of Freedom, given only to civilians, ranks second to the Medal for Merit as an award, but is confined to achievement in work overseas. BUY HERE WITH CONFIDENCE We specialize in Estate Diamonds — always below market value. Backed by more than 50 years’ expe rience in fine diamonds. WE PAY HIGHEST PRICES FOR DIAMONDS AND OLD GOLD KAHN-OPPENHEIMER 903 F St. N.W. RE. 9823 . u X NAPERVILLE. ILL.—WHERE CRACK TRAINS RAMMED—Air view of the wreckage left in the wake of the collision yesterday of the Advance and Exposition Flyers of the Burlington Rail road. The Exposition Flyer, following the Advance Flyer by three minutes, plowed into the rear of the first train. The locomotive telescoping the rear coach. —AP Wirephoto. Churchill Pays Tribute To Winant as Envoy By the Associated Preri LONDON, April 26. — Winston Churchill, paying warm tribute to John G. Winant. retiring Ameri can Ambassador, said at a dinner last night that no ambassador “ever came closer to the heart of Britain.” A select group of 65 men, all British leaders, sitting around a horseshoe table in the Egyptian Hall of Mansion House, responded enthusiastically to a toast by Prime tinister Attlee, calling Mr. Winant inequaled” as an ambassador hotias commanded * * * the love the people of his country.” Impulsive Boy Burglar Caught By Police Just as'lmpulsive A 16-year-old boy who told police he “suddenly wanted to try his hand” at housebreaking was arrested at 3:30 a.m. today by two scout car officers who saw him examining a wallet on the street and decided it might be the one involved in a theft they were on their way to investigate. Policemen J. H. Knott and Virgil C. Rutsaw of No. 8 precinct said they made the arrest after the boy, under questioning, gave his name as “Martin” when the initials "J. M. D." were on the wallet, which contained personal papers. 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Also injured were Miss Ruth Peters, about 42, of 3810 Benton street N.W., and Mrs. Herbert Blom quist, 1445 Ogden street N.W. Miss Peters, a piano teacher, was [reported to be in Copley Hospital, Aurora, with both legs fractured land suffering from shock. Mrs. Blomquist, according to in formation received by her sister-in |law, Mrs. Love Davis, 3502 Reservoir road N.W., received a gash on the face in the accident. Indication that Mrs. Blomquist was not seri ously hurt was contained in a report that she had wired a family in Ne braska early today that she would arrive there on “a later train.” Her name was not on the 'Associated Press casualty list, i Miss Sayler, a clerk in the Navy Department’s Bureau of Aeronau tics, was en route to her home in Brunswick, Nebr., after having left Washington Wednesday evening for Chicago, Miss Esther Schenck, her roommate, said today. Miss Peters, who maintained stu dios in her home, was reported to | have left Washington a week ago to j visit her mother, Mrs. C. E. Peters I of Quincy, 111. Mrs. Davis said Miss Peters lived alone and had been a resident of the neighborhood about 10 years. She had intended to at jtend a conservatory of music in i Chicago before going to Quincy, Mrs. Davis said. Mrs. Blomquist was en route to ithe funeral of her father-in-law in Omaha, Nebr. Her husband, a for |mer FBI agent, was*recently dis charged from the Army and is now in Brazil representing an American , firm, her brother said. MRS. H. A. BLOMQUIST. MISS LEONA B. SAYLER. —Harris & Ewing Photos. 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