David L. Clinton
Farm Mishap Fatal To Ina Area Youth
A 16-year-old Mt. Vernon High School student from Ina was killed
instantly yesterday in an unusual farm accident in southwest Jefferson
county. He was converting a harvesting machine from corn picking to wheat
combining purposes. Dead in the accident is David Lee Clinton, 16, son of
Mr. and Mrs Melvin W. Clinton. Coroner John Richardson said a two-foot
long metal bar was released under pressure and struck the youth in the back
of the neck, inflicting a guillotine type fatal injury. The youth was reaching
into the inner workings of the machine to release a pin on a spring. His head
and neck were stretched over another bar when the other end of the spring was
accidentally released, causing the heavy bar to slam onto the back of his neck.
The victim was working on tlie farm of Howard McCollum when the accident occurred.
The Clinton family lives northwest of Ina.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Free Will Baptist Church
with the Rev. Leslie Elliott, and the Rev. James Benton officiating. The Ina Funeral
Home will be in charge of services. Friends may call there after 4 p.m. today. Burial
will be at the Kirk Cemetery.
The youth was born Jan. 10. 1951, in Jefferson county, the son of Melvin W. and
Ruby (Cook) Clinton. He would have been a junior at Mt. Vernon High this fall.
Survivors include the parents; one brother, Eugene Clinton of West Frankfort; one
sister, Mrs. Loretta Fowler of Ina; grandparents, Mr. and Mr. Ray Cook of Ina and
Mrs. Rosie Clinton of Ina.
Source: Mt. Vernon Register-News
Date: June 20, 1967
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman