Austin, IN Train And Auto Crash, Sep 1914

ENGINE CRASHES INTO AUTO.

SIX PERSONS ARE KILLED AT INDIANA CROSSING.

THREE VICTIMS LIVED AT DAYTON, KENTUCKY

MACHINE "GOES DEAD" IN FRONT OF FAST TRAIN.

Special Dispatch To The Enquirer.
Louisville, Ky., September 10. - Six persons were killed today when a southbound Pennsylvania passenger train from Indianapolis struck an automobile at a grade crossing near Austin, Ind.
The accident occurred at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Six persons were in the automobile, four of whom were instantly killed. Two others, fatally injured, were placed on the interurban car and hurried toward Columbus, Ind., but died before they reached a hospital.

The Dead.
MELVILLE BELCH, 47 years old, of Dayton, Ky.
MRS. MARY BELCH, of Dayton, Ky.
MISS AMELIA BELCH, 20 years old, of Dayton, Ky.
MISS LEONA TRULOCK, 16 years old, of Austin, Ind.
MRS. MARY BELCH, of Austin, Ind.
MISS BEULAH ROBBINS, of Austin, Indiana.
The accident occurred a few hundred yards above the station at Austin. Though no member of the party lives to tell the cause of the tragedy, every indication, supported by testimony of witnesses, is that the automobile engine
"went dead," leaving the machine stranded in front of the approaching train.
None had time to leap from the machine. The engineer applied the emergency brakes in an attempt to avert the crash, but is was unavailing. A dozen witnesses saw the accident, but none was able to shout warning in time.
The train was manned by W. M. Robertson, of Indianapolis, conductor, and George Stofer, 1856 Edgeland Avenue, Louisville, engineer.
The members of the BELCH family were in Austin on a pleasure trip. They were the guest of Marshall Trulock, father of the girl of that name who lost her life, and of Mrs. John Belch, of Austin.

The Cincinnati Enquirer Ohio 1914-09-11