Midland City, AL Auto And Train Collision, Dec 1963


Midland City, Ala., Dec. 7 (AP) - A grinding car-train crash killed 11 members of a Midland City family Saturday. A 1-year-old girl was the only survivor.
The child, MARGARET ANN LANGFORD, suffered minor bruises on the forehead and was being held for observation at a nearby Dothan, Ala., hospital. Her condition was not believed serious.
The Atlantic Coast Line railroad freight rammed the old-model station wagon when the driver pulled across a crossing at 10:30 a.m. in this small Alabama city. The station wagon was demolished.
Rufus Riley, said the train knocked the automobile about 100 yards down the track.
From his home about 400 yards from the crossing on U.S. 231, he said he looked up when the train blew its whistle twice.
"I saw the station wagon about to cross the tracks," he said. "It rolled onto the tracks and apparently stalled."
"When we got there, there was a deadly quiet. There was no noise, there just wasn't anything happening. It was so quiet. There was no moaning."
Those found dead at the scene were identified as MR. and MRS. HENRY LANGFORD; their children, RAY ALLEN, 10; and JEANNIE, 6; their daughter-in-law, MRS. KENNETH LANGFORD and three of her children, HENRY ALLEN, 3; VERNELLE, 4; and JUDY CAROL, 9 months, and a second daughter-in-law, MRS. THOMAS LANGFORD, Margaret Ann's mother.
Another of their sons, DONALD, 18, and Mrs. Kenneth Langford's daughter SHIRLEY ANN, 7, died about three hours after the wreck in a Dothan hospital.
Mayor J. W. Daniel said there are no warning lights or signals at the crossing, which is about a block from the city's downtown area.

Arizona Daily Star Tucson 1963-12-08