Salinas, CA Auto And Train Collision, Dec 1957

4 PERISH IN TRAIN, CAR CRASH.

Salinas, Calif. (AP) - A mother and her three children returning from church were killed at a railroad crossing near their home Sunday when their pickup truck was hit by a holiday mail and express train and dragged 750 feet.
The dead:
MRS. DORTHA JEAN MARTELLA, 42;
and daughters BARBARA, 15; JUDY, 12; and SALLY, 10.
Authorities said Elmer Martella, the husband and father, was in San Francisco - 110 miles north of here - to attend the national professional football league's Western Division playoff game between the San Francisco 49'ers and the Detroit Lions.

Independent Long Beach California 1957-12-23