Percival, Harry, Independence, Kansas Nitro 13 Feb 1924
TRUCK DRIVER IS KILLED IN BLAST IS BLOWN TO ATOMS WHEN 500 QUARTS NITEOGLYCBBIN '* EXPLODES. By tlie Associated Free*.. ' Neodesha, Kan., Feb. 12: —Harry Perclval of Indepencfcence, Kan., was blown to atoms when a motor truck, loaded with between 400 and 500 quarts of nitroglycerin, which ho was transporting from Tulsa, Okla., to the oil fields near Garnett, Kan., blew up on a highway three miles north of Altoona late today. No tracft of the man or the truck could be founds, after the explosion. Percival, who was an employe of tlie Independent Torpedo Company of independence, left Tulsa early today today for Garnett over rough and muddy roads, with his dangerous cargo. His truck was seen to pass here about ». o'clock. Became Mired In Mud. When outside Altoona a short distance, reports received: iiere stated, the truck became mired Iri the mud. 'Percival left the machine and went to a neftrby : farm hoiise for aid. The- farmer, leirhirig that the truck was loaded with high explosives, explosives, refused to help the driver. Percival returned to the machine and the explosion followed shortly afterward. In a long distance telephone conversation conversation with J. D. Schuster, manager manager of the. Independent* Torpedo Company's branch office aJt Chanute, it was learned that Percival was unmarried unmarried and about middle-aged. Reports from Pali-sons, Cherryvale. Cherryvale. Coffeyville, Pittsburg, Chanute, Fredonia and a number of towna^ In this vicinity, stated that the explosion explosion waa plainly heard and In some instances houses and stores were rocked by the blast.