Clipped From Alton Evening Telegraph
15 to 15 or the secure by Boy, 14, Killed When Struck by Train onTrestle Robert Keirle Thrown 150 Feet by Impact at Seminary yiadurt A 14-year-old Roosevelt Junior School student was Instantly tilled Sunday at 4:15 p. m, when ie was struck by a southbound Alton Alton passenger train and catapulted off the Seminary trestle into the soil of the north bank below. He was Robert Eugene Keirle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Keirle of St. Louis, who, for the last several months, lias been making his home with his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Keirle, 908 Liberty. According to reports secured by deputy coroners, the school boy was caught on the viaduct by the approach of the train, the Ann Rutledge. Rutledge. He ran ahead of the diesel locomotive but was unable to reach the south end of the trestle in time to avoid being struck. He was thrown 150 feet to the approach embankment, and was found to have received a skull fracture which apparently 'caused Instan death. Unable to Slow Train The train engineer saw the boy on the trestle, but was unable to slow the train sufficiently to avert the accident, Deputy Coroner Cunningham Cunningham of Alton was told. After the accident, the train was stopped then pulled to the College Avenue etion, about a mile south of the iaduct whence a call for the treeper ambulance was made. )eputy Coroner Streeper of Wood liver responded with his driver, ut, finding the youth dead, notified Deputy Coroner Staten who sent Deputy Coroner Cunningham. No one could be found who might ave been with the accident vic- im, but another school boy who iewed the body is said to have rec. gnized him as a Roosevelt student, onfirming this partial identifica- ion by a scar on the left side oi <eirle's head. After the body was moved to the Streeper funeral home, Deputy Coroner Streeper ialled Principal Raymond Ready of Roosevelt school. Ready drove to he funeral home at 6:15 p. m. anc denlified the body as that o: Keirle. Relatives then were notified and the parents came from St Louis. Meantime the body ..was re vioved to Staten funferaFltbm'e. Was to Have Gone Bicycling Relatives and close friends o Robert Keirle have been unable u account for Robert being on 'tin trestle. Bill Bell of 823 Central to Continued on Page Z, Column 4.