Alton Telegraph, May 5, 1999

Alton Telegraph

May 05, 1999

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ME TELEGRAPH Deadly storms Death toll rises j in Oklahoma, j Memories oi N im Kansas    : Pamper Mom on her day : with special meal Page A-10 •    Page    B-l The outlook Scattered showers and Cardinals win Big Mac belts 7 -S3, j grand slam 75; low 52 PagelMi PageC-l -3Vol. 164, No. 110 — 50 cents Wednesday, May 5,1999 o www.thetelegraph.com15 hurt in bus-truck crash Children, drivers escape serious injury By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer BRIGHTON - Fourteen schoolchildren and a Brighton man suffered minor injuries in a head-on collision between a loaded school bus and a pickup truck Tuesday morning. The pupils    from    the Southwestern School District were injured slightly, with IO taken to Alton Memorial Hospital and four to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton, said officials with the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department. The children, mostly IO to 12 years old, all were treated and released Tuesday, said representatives from both hospitals. The pupils' injuries included minor bruises and muscle strains but no cuts or broken bones. “Everything I’ve heard is that they’re doing well,” said Dan Clashy, Southwestern’s superintendent of schools. About 40 pupils were on the bus at the time of the accident, Kevin D. Tindall, 36, of Brighton, the driver of the 1988 Ford half-ton pickup, suffered more extensive injuries but also was treated at Saint Anthony’s and released Tuesday afternoon, hospital representatives said. The bus driver. Bill Hopper ■ See CRASH, Page A-9 Residential TIF district proposed By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The city’s housing stock could get a boost in quality and quantity if Alton established a residential TIF district, aldermen were told Tuesday. Developer Lonnie Banks said he would build a 19-home subdivision west of Valentine Lane and south of Oakwood Avenue if tax increment financing funds were available to him to pay for site and infrastructure work. ‘We’ve got a rich history in Alton, but as far as new' homes — affordable homes — we haven’t reached it yet,” said Banks, president of Braalex Inc. of Alton. “We need to keep the people in town. We need to offer our people new and renovated homes.” Phil Roggio, city director of business and economic development, and 4th Ward Alderman Fred Young conducted an informational public hearing for nearly an hour on the possibilities of establishing a residential TIF district. One proposed district — dubbed Oakwood Park — could be bounded by College Avenue on the south, Washington Avenue on the east, Martin Luther King ■ See TIF, Page A-9 Good Morning & Area/Illinois . A-3-8 Cottingham, Davis, Bulletin Board .A-6 Gebelein, Green, Hall, Business____ . .D-1 Legate, Mortland, Classifieds .. . .C-6 Roswell, Scyoc, Comics..... . .D-5 Simmons, Smith, Editorial ____ . .A-4 Turpin, Witt Horoscope .. . .D-5 Scoreboard____C-2 Nation/world . .A-10 Stocks........D-2 Obituaries ... > I en Television.....D-7 Angle, Baumeister, Weather.......D-8 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Macoupin County sheriff’s Detective William J. Bruhn, left, and Illinois State Police Sgt. Brent Pinkston examine the school bus that collided with a pickup truck Tuesday on Seminary Road near the Madison County line. At left, Pinkston, an accident reconstructionist, takes measurements near the pickup truck. Couple weds in hospital room By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Sitting on a hospital bed in Room 303 of Saint Anthony’s Hospital, an East Alton couple exchanged wedding vows Tuesday. While the groom’s IV pump clicked in the background, Jo Ann Barker and Greg Cornell promised to love one another in sickness and in health till death parted them. Cornell, 59, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer. He was admitted to Saint Anthony’s Monday because he had been losing a tremendous amount of weight. Barker, 60, visited Cornell in the hospital Monday afternoon and asked him to marry her. “She told me I moved too slow, and she proposed to me w'ith tears in her eyes,” “WI ’e re as happy as the angels are.” Jo Ann Barker new bride Cornell said. “I asked her when she wanted to get married, and she said, ‘Now.’ ” The hospital staff sprang into action when they heard about the couple's nuptial plans. Cornell’s physician, Dr. Thomas Ryan; his nurse, Pam Kodros; hospital social worker Dana Edwards and other staff helped the couple obtain a marriage license, made Barker’s bridal bouquet, organized refreshments for a reception and ordered a ■ See COUPLE, Page A-9 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Lung cancer patient Greg Cornell and his bride, Jo Ann Barker, both of East Alton, embrace after they were married Tuesday in Cornell’s hospital room at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton. Trial begins in man’s death at rail crossing By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The hazardous history of a railroad crossing is taking center stage in a trial that is replaying a 1995 fatal crash. A Madison County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday began hearing a negligence lawsuit filed against Union Pacific Railroad Co. by the survivors of Steven Kelso, 20, of rural New Douglas. Kelso was killed instantly Dec. 12, 1995, when his pickup truck was hit by a freight train on Springfield Road, just west of Edwardsville. The conditions of the crossing and the actions of train personnel in the moments before the crash were the focus Tuesday. Plaintiff’s attorney Jon Carlson of Edwardsville said there have been five crashes at the crossing since 1957, the last being Kelso’s. The only other fatality was in 1957, he said. “Once a crossing has been determined to be extra hazardous, a railroad has the obligation to do something about it,” Carlson said during opening arguments. He represents Kelso’s survivors, including his mother and father, Steve and Evelyn Kelso of Macoupin County. Kelso was driving south on Springfield Road when his truck was hit by the train. The tracks cross at an angle on ■ See DEATH, Page A-9 kst AVtoB moorarlWJ CERAMIC TILESYRMSTRQNG LINOLEUM TARKET! VINYL ;

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