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Photo of the Week, 84: 'Bloody 66' claims 4 victims in early February 1939

September 19th, 2014

On Friday, February 3, 1939, four area men were killed in a late evening automobile accident on U.S. Route 66, about 2 miles south of Chenoa. The crash took the lives of Carl Weymouth, owner and driver of the car, Paul Trunk, Sr., Nelson Francis, and Claude M. See. A fifth passenger, Roy Entwistle, was slightly injured. The men had left Bloomington and were on their way back home to Chatsworth. A Missouri truck driver, E.J. Spaulding, was southbound when he swerved to avoid a snowdrift extending onto the road. Weymouth's car then struck the truck and rolled some 140 feet. Spaulding was not injured.

Bill Kemp


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