Death of William L. Barnett
EXPLOSION OF GAS FOLLOWS TRAGIC CRASH William L. Barnett, 26, Is Killed Instantly At Lawrenceville, 111. Saturday Noon After surviving three major battles battles in World War II, William L. Barnett, 26-year-old 26-year-old 26-year-old 26-year-old 26-year-old son of Mr. and, Mrs. Bert E. Barnett of the Hopewell Hopewell community, was instantly killed killed at 12:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon afternoon when a heavily-loaded heavily-loaded heavily-loaded gasoline gasoline truck he was driving was struct by a speeding double-header double-header double-header passenger passenger train at a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad crossing at Lawrenceville, 111. The truck was carrying 25 tons of gasoline a load of between 4,000 and 4,500 gallons and was just leaving a Lawrenceville refinery. The train was travelling 87 miles per hour. An explosion followed the crash. j After obtaining the gasoline at the refinery, Mr. Barnett was stopped stopped momentarily by a refinery official official who had an additional order to give him. As the victim started away again, he drove up a slight incline incline directly onto the tracks. His view was obscured by a box car on the siding. The body was to be returned to the Barnett home late Monday afternoon, afternoon, where friends are invited to call after 5 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted from the Bargersville Bargersville Christian church at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning by the Rev. George F. Powers, pastor ot the Nineveh Christian church. Burial in Franklin Ke will be assisted by the Rev. Smiley W. Irwin, BargersvUle minister. minister. Interment -will -will take place in Greenlawn cemetery in Franklin, Mr. Barnett 'was born west of Bargersvttle on May 21, 1919, and graduated from Union high school with the class of 1938. He worked in Indianapolis two years following his graduation, being employed by the Basco Manufacturing Company and also at the RCA plant. He entered the army on July 12. 1941, and served in the European theater of operations. He wore the European-African-Middle European-African-Middle European-African-Middle European-African-Middle European-African-Middle East ribbon ribbon with three battle stars, the good conduct ribbon, American defense defense and service medals. He was discharged as a private October 8 at Camp Breckenridge, Ky. Trucking Company Employe Mr. Barnett was married three years ago in December to Miss Jo sephine Sheets, of Zionsville, and since his discharge had been em ployed with a trucking company. A brother. Dr. Ralph Barnett, served as a major with the army medical corps as a flight surgeon in Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was discharged discharged October 2. A sister, Miss Helen Barnett, lives in Peru. An other sister, Miss Marie Barnett, died July 29, 1939. The deceased was a member of he Bargersville Christian church and the Union Village Masonic lodge at Providence.