Harvey, IL Train And Auto Collision, Dec 1934

SEVEN KILLED IN CROSSING CRASH.

TRAIN STRIKES CAR IN CHICAGO SUBURB, CARRYING WRECKAGE FOR SEVERAL BLOCKS; ONE BODY PINNED UNDER ENGINE.

Chicago, Dec. 26 - (AP) - Seven persons, all believed to have been workers in the Illinois emergency relief station in Chicago Heights, were killed today when the automobile in which they were riding was struck by the "International Limited" of the Grand Trunk Line at a crossing near suburban Harvey.

5 Of Victims Women.
The automobile was driven by JOHN BURK of Chicago, a new employee of the relief station. From a list of missing employees of the station furnished to Harvey police the other victims were believed to have been, MRS. RUTH GREENBERG; MRS. HOPE HINES; MRS. HARVEY FRIEDMANN; MRS. MARION RIGGS; MISS MARY McCANN; and WENDELL TARKOFF, all of Chicago.
The bodies of four women and two men were taken to a Harvey undertaking establishment. Harvey police said attempts were being made to extricate another body lodged under the locomotive.
The automobile was carried on the tender of the engine for several blocks.

Three Decapitated.
An undertaker's assistant said three of the women had been decapitated in the crash.
At relief headquarters in Chicago Heights officials said that BURK was a case worker there and had not arrived for work. The description of the wrecked car, they said, corresponded to that of BURK'S automobile.
Dr. William Burk, a physician, said his brother, John, had left home at 7 a.m. It was his brother's custom, he said, to pick up workers along the road and give them a lift.
The train was held at the scene of the accident by orders of the coroner. It was an hour late at the time of the crash. At the company offices in Chicago officials said the engineer was named Henery, of Battle Creek, Mich.; and the conductor was named Mirfield, of Port Huron, Mich.

The Daily Tribune Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin 1934-12-26