Rockmart, GA Auto And Train Collision, Oct 1936

GRADE CRASH TAKES LIVES OF 7 PEOPLE.

SIX CHILDREN AND WOMAN DRIVER KILLED INSTANTLY WHEN CAR STALLS ON CROSSING.

Rockmart, Ga. - Six children and a young woman were killed late Friday when their car stalled on a grade crossing on the outskirts of town and was struck by a northbound Southern freight train.
The dead:
MRS. RUTH MAULDIN, 27, driver of the car.
HOWARD MAULDIN, 10, her son.
FRANCES WILSON, 12.
SARAH HILL, 15.
EVA HILL, 12.
VIRDIE LEE HILL, 10.
EMMA JEAN HILL, 7.
All were of Rockmart.
The car, a new sedan, stalled on the crossing and MRS. MAULDIN and the six children screamed helplessly as the fast-moving freight roared down on them.
The car was struck near its center, carried 50 feet down the track and hurled into a ditch.
The crossing is at the summit of a small hill. It was believed MRS. MAULDIN may have had some difficulty in operating the car and that as it climbed to the crossing the motor died.
The train was a fast freight en route to Chattanooga from Atlanta. Witnesses said the engineer had no opportunity to halt the train because of the suddenness with which the car appeared.
MRS. MAULDIN was taking the children to their homes after a gathering at the home of her parents. She was an employee of a textile mill here. The WILSON girl was the daughter of Albertus Wilson of Rockmart. The HILLS were the children of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hill of Rockmart.

Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1936-10-31