Indianapolis, IN Car And Train Collision Mar 1951
FULL PROBE INTO TRAIN-CAR CRASH FATAL TO FIVE.
Indianapolis - Pennsylvania Railroad officials and Indianapolis Police Chief Edward D. Rouls were scheduled to meet today in a duel over train speeds, following a crash which killed five young Indianapolis persons Tuesday night.
Indianapolis Mayor Phillip Bayt has ordered a full probe into the train-car accident, and indicated that the train engineer may face grand jury action.
The engineer, Ernest Engleman, of Louisville, has admitted that his train was moving 50 miles an hour at the time of the crash.
Police said that the train was in an area zoned for a 20-mile speed. However, Marion County prosecutor Frank Fairchild said that the violation of a city ordinance was not sufficient for a grand jury probe. He said he was checking to see if a state law governing railroads has been violated.
Meanwhile, funeral services for the five young victims were set.
Last rites for KARL EDWARD STEPHENSON, 18, and LARRY GILLUM, 19, will be held tomorrow afternoon at Southport Presbyterian Church. Services for BARTON SPENCER, 19, will be held in the same church in the morning. Those for the two girls, PATRICIA ALLSTATT, 17, and PATRICIA PRAY, 17, will be conducted Saturday.
Daily Clintonian Clinton Indiana 1951-03-22