Glenview, IL Train And Auto Crash, Aug 1931
SEVEN PERSONS ARE KILLED AT GRADE CROSSING.
AUTOMOBILE STALLS ON THE RAILROAD TRACK AND IS HIT BY FAST TRAIN.
Chicago, Aug. 10 - (AP) - Seven persons, three from here and four of Milwaukee, were killed tonight when the automobile in which they were riding was demolished by a Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific passenger train at a grade crossing in Glenview, northern suburb.
Those killed were:
BRUNO WOODS, his wife, HELEN, and their six months old child, DAVID, all of Chicago.
JAMES J. RUTKOWSKI, of Milwaukee, his wife, MARTHA, and their children, HENRY, 10, and DOLORES, 7.
RUTKOWSKI was WOODS' uncle and police learned that the two men tried vainly to throw the children in the car to safety just before the speeding train struck the automobile, owned and driven by WOODS.
Witnesses to the tragedy told police that the car, southbound, tried to beat the northbound train to the grade crossing. The track was visible for half a mile in both directions, authorities said, and grade crossing danger signals were operating.
As the automobile reached the crossing ahead of the train, the engine stalled and the car stopped in the middle of the tracks, the witnesses said. WOODS and RUTKOWSKI jumped from the car seized the three children in their arms and started to throw them to safety just as the train smashed into the automobile.
Wreckage was thrown in all directions and the bodies of the victims were strewn for a considerable distance along the track.
The Jacksonville Daily Journal Illinois 1931-08-11