Stockton, CA Pickup And Train Crash, Sep 1944

SEVEN CHILDREN AND DRIVER PERISH IN STOCKTON CRASH.

Eleven persons were killed and nine others were injured in automobile accidents in Northern California as the State, going into the third day of the Labor Day weekend today, led all others in the Nation in the number of violent deaths with a toll of 17.

Most tragic of yesterday's fatalities occurred at French Camp, four miles south of Stockton, when seven children on a holiday swimming party and the driver of the pickup truck in which they were riding were killed when the truck crashed into a Western Pacific passenger train at the French Camp crossing.
The persons killed in the crash were identified as:
ARTHUR R. MARTIN, 33, driver of the swimming party truck.
KATHLEEN ROSE MARTIN, 6.
BEVERLY HJEAN MARTIN, 4.
CAROL FAY MARTIN, 2.
HILDA FERN SCHANDA, 10.
CHARLES W. HADDOCK, 3.
VIRGINIA SCHAFFER, 14.
ROY SCHAFFER, 9, her brother.

One Escapes Death.
The only person to escape death in the crash was DOLORES SCHANDA, 18, who is in serious condition at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton.
The children, all neighbors living in the same block in Stockton, were riding in the rear of the truck on the way home when the driver swerved in a vain effort to avoid driving into the path of the train.

Oakland Tribune California 1944-09-04