Originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, Wednesday, June 18, 1969, front page and page 21
Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
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MT. PLEASANT — A woman was killed and her twin daughters injured in a collision here about 8:15 Tuesday evening.
Dead is Mrs. Anna Carnahan, 70, of 702 East Madison. In University hospitals, Iowa City, are her 42-year-old daughters, Marjorie and Marian Carnahan.
Also injured in the accident was 18-year-old Bernard Menke of West Point. He was taken to Mercy hospital, Iowa City, with internal injuries.
He is in Memorial hospital with a broken pelvis, broken ribs, and concussion.
Police gave this version of the accident:
Mrs. Carnahan, accompanied by her daughters, was driving south on New Highway 218 as Menke was westbound on Winfield Avenue.
In the intersection, Menke's car struck the Carnahan vehicle. The impact knocked both vehicles off the road and into a field at the southwest corner of the intersection.
Mrs. Carnahan was thrown from her car and was partially pinned by it. Menke and Marjorie Carnahan were also thrown out.
The Carnahan sisters were then in a second wreck.
The ambulance taking them to Memorial hospital, driven by Robert Beatty, was proceeding west on Washington when, at the Main street intersection, it was involved in a collision with an automobile driven by Mrs. George Porter, 606 South Harrison. Mrs. Porter was treated for cuts, bruises and a whiplash injury. Another ambulance took the injured sisters to Iowa City. Dr. Robert Wettach was driving behind it and he checked the sisters to make sure they had suffered no additional injuries.
They were kept at Memorial hospital briefly, then transferred to University hospitals.
Beatty told police he had the ambulance's lights and siren on at the time of the accident.
Services for Mrs. Carnahan will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Crane — Ewart — Young funeral home, Mt. Pleasant.
A memorial fund has been started to purchase a permanent gift for New London school in Mrs. Carnahan's honor. Contributions are being taken at Fullerton's Jewelry and The New London Journal.
MT. PLEASANT — Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m.. at the Crane — Ewart — Young funeral home, Mt. Pleasant, for Mrs. Hugh Carnahan, 70, 218 Winfield Avenue, who died as a result of an automobile accident in Mt. Pleasant Tuesday night.
She was born September 28, 1898, in Mt. Pleasant, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Gillis. She married Hugh Carnahan on June 7, 1918.
Surviving: The husband; three sons, Hugh R. and Earl C. Carnahan, both of Chariton, William Mark Carnahan, Sand Springs, Oklahoma; two daughters, Marjorie and Marian Carnahan, both at home; a brother, William Gillis, Nome, Alaska; 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Reverend Chester Potts will officiate at the Saturday service. Burial will be in Forest Home cemetery, Mt. Pleasant.