Winter Haven, FL Auto And Train Crash, Mar 1956
6 AUBURNDALE RESIDENTS DIE IN CAR-TRAIN CRASH.
Winter Haven (AP) - A freight train and an automobile collided near here late yesterday, killing all six persons in the auto.
The two men and four women were Auburndale residents driving to a Winter Haven citrus canning plant where they worked the night shift.
They had been driving along a county road with citrus groves on both sides. Sgt. W. A. Westbrook of the Winter Haven police said the trees could have obscured the view of the driver.
J. E. Haddock of Jacksonville, engineer of the northbound Seaboard Airline train, said he did not believe the driver saw the train. Haddock estimated the train's speed at 50 miles an hour and that of the car at 20.
State Trooper William Carlisle said the driver of the automobile was JAMES RUBEN MOORE, 20.
The other victims were MOORE'S wife, REBA JEAN, 18;
his mother, MRS. JESSIE M. MOORE, 55;
MRS. MATTIE SHIREY, 64;
her daughter-in-law, MRS. SARAH SHIREY, 18;
and RACHEL ELIZABETH PELHAM, 46.
The News Tribune Fort Pierce Florida 1956-03-21