Crash Kills 1
J.E. Tennant, 67, pumper for the Olson Oil Co., was killed at 8:56 a.m. Tuesday when his car was struck by a Santa Fe passenger train at a crossing three miles west of Burrton.  In a similar accident at Strandberg’s Corner east of Hutchinson Monday afternoon, a York, Nebraska trucker escaped injury when his semi-trailer truck was hit by Santa Fe train No. 7.  In the Burrton accident, Tennant, driving a 1931 Oldsmobile, apparently failed to see the oncoming train until his car was on the track.  The automobile was demolished and Tennant was thrown five feet to one side where his gasoline-soaked clothing caught fire and burned.  Parts of his car were strewn along the track for a distance of nearly a mile.  Tennant had been living at the Olson camp west of Burrton.  Survivors include his wife, of the camp; a daughter, Mrs. Ollie Musick, Burrton; a son Ernest, Burrton; and another daughter in Wichita.  Undersheriff Walter Dixon and County Coroner H.M. Stewart investigated the accident.  William Sinn, Newton, was the engineer on the east-bound train.  (The Hutchinson News -Herald, Hutchinson, Kansas.  June 19, 1945.  Page 1).

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