Service for woman & granddaughter killed in Amtrak crash

A Celebration of Life service is this weekend for a Seward woman and her granddaughter who died in the train crash in Nevada.

58-year-old Fran Knox and 18-year-old Karly “Annie” Knox were among five killed on the Amtrak train when a semi trailer hit the side of it on June 24.   The crash happened 70 miles east of Reno.  The truck driver also died in the wreck.

The service will be held Saturday, July 15 at Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church in Seward.  It will begin at 11 a.m.  Fran and her husband, Bill, adopted Annie and four other grandchildren in 2003.  They moved to Nebraska from California to raise the children.  Bill Knox has filed a lawsuit against the trucking company, claiming it was negligent by failing to properly hire and train the driver.

A trust fund has been set up for the grandchildren at the Cattle National Bank in Seward.  Donations can be made to the Knox Family Memorial Fund.