San Jose, CA Auto And Train Collision, Aug 1940


San Jose, Calif., Aug. 26 (AP) - Seven persons, four of them members of one family, were killed in an auto-train crash at a crossing near here last night.
The tragedy raised California's Sunday highway death toll to 16.
Only three of the mangled bodies of victims of the crossing accident were identified positively. They were JOSE LUCAS, 35, of Watsonville, the driver; his wife, HILDA, 33; and JOSEPH GOMES, 72, of Watsonville.
Two of LUCAS' children and two unidentified men, known to have been in the car, were killed. All were fruit pickers.
State Highway Patrolmen Ray Berry and Carl Bohnett said LUCAS attempted to speed across the crossing as a San Francisco-bound holiday special roared past at high speed.
Bodies of the victims were flung in all directions and the light sedan in which they were riding was smashed.

The Klamath News Klamath Falls Oregon 1940-08-27