Savanna Man Dies, Cousin Is Hurt In Carroll Crash
Savanna man died and his cousin is in St. Francis Hospital, Freeport,
recovering from injuries received Friday evening when a loaded log truck
overturned and burned, three miles west of Lanark on Highway 64. Killed
was Lyle Helle, 21, a Savanna resident, who died when he was pinned
beneath the wreckage of the burning truck. David J. Helle, Savanna, was
pinned beneath the wreckage also but was freed by passing motorists. He
received minor burns over most of his body, more severe burns to his
left leg and lacerations to both hands.
Lanark fire department extinguished the blaze but two wreckers from
local towns could not lift the truck from Lyle's body. A larger wrecker
from Sterling was called to free the victim's body. The Carroll County
office reported Lyle was driving the truck when he lost
control on a curve leading into the underpass of the Chicago, Milwaukee,
St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. The truck rolled over and caught fire.
Worked In Savanna
two men were associated with the Savanna Wood Products Co., operated by
the Helle family. Both men were married this year. Surviving Helle
besides his widow are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Helle of
Savanna; two sisters, Louise and Lorraine; and a brother, Harley, all at
home. Funeral arrangements are pending at Fuller Funeral Home, Savanna.
-- Freeport Journal Standard, pg. 12, Sept. 8, 1956