Clipped From The Decatur Herald
TL'EDEC 10195S WDEC.10I968 vl . w : - , vj (X I tefej. ill Slfe': '? -ri A State Trooper directs traffic around car in which an Effingham man was killed. Lincoln, Effingham, Atlanta Photo by Ruth Rlckettj 3 Killed in Separat e Accidents Three Central Illinois residents were killed Monday in separate accidents, 'one near Effingham and two in the Lincoln area. The first of the three ac cidents occurred at 1:45 a.m. Monday when a car driven by Mrs. Margaret Ann Gnmsley, 81, of Lincoln, swerved into a guard rail on U.S. 66 and flipped more than 75 feet before landing on its top. A 21 - year - old Effingham service station employe, Herbert Gerhardt, was dead on arrival about 12:30 p.m. Monday at St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham following an accident at the intersection of U.S. 45 and Interstate 70. Gerhardt was a passenger in e car driven by "Buddy" Bird, 19, of rural Dieterich. The third fatality was Mrs. Helen Sechrest, 51, of raral Atlanta, whose car was struck about 1:57 p.m. Monday by a Gulf, Mobile & Ohio passenger train in Atlanta. Authorities said . the car driven by Mrs. Grimsley and owned by her father, Herbert Mote, of Lincoln was soutn-bound in the inside lane of U.S. j 66 near what is referred to as the "Blue Inn death curve." The embankment is about 25 feet at the guard rail. Logan County Coroner John Barry will hold an inquest. Mrs. Grimsley's death is the 24th traffic fatality this year in Logan County and ties a record of the early 1940s. About an hour after the accident, State Trooper Thomas Little and Lincoln City Police returned to the scene to determine if a second' person had been in the accident. Little parked his squad car on the shoulder of the highway and it was hit from behind by a car driven by Charles R. Thomas, 22, of Chicago. A passenger, Purcell Thomas, 82, received minor abrasions. The trooper said the flashing parking lights were on. The car, in which the young Effingham man was killed, collided with one driven by Mrs. Alice Kaufman, 32, of rural Effingham. . Passengers in Mrs. Kaufman's car were seven small children, five of whom she was taking to kindergarten in Effingham. They were Mrs. Kaufman's sons, Douglas, 5: James, 2; and Stephen, 3; a cousin Mark Kaufman, Terry Althoff, Sharon Mette and Donna Bushur, all 5. All are of Route 3, Effingham. Driver of the other car and Douglas Kaufman were injured. The Atlanta woman's car was struck by the southbound train, near the Atlanta Bowl. Engineer Harold Reed of Bloomington said he saw the car approaching from the west I He said that even though the crossing signals were flashing ; and tne locomotive Deu was ringing, the car continued toward the tracks. r Illinois Scene Car-Train Collision Mrs. Helen Sechrest, 51, of rural Atlanta, formerly of Chatham, was killed Monday afternoon when her car was struck by a train in Atlanta. The woman leaves her hus- Photo by Larry Shroyer band Hall, her mother and three children. . .'5 'Vt-.- N ? VrxW - vr- it 24th Logan Fatality Mrs. Margaret - Ann Grimsley, 31, of Lincoln, was killed early Monday morning Photo by Lorry Snrpyer when her car left the highway and flipped many feet before pinning the driver in the wreckage. A State Trooper's car was damaged during the accident investigation.