Augusta, KS Train And Auto Collision, Oct 1957

SIX IN A FAMILY KILLED BY TRAIN.

STATION WAGON IS STRUCK BY FRISCO NORTHEAST OF AUGUSTA KAN.

COLLIDE IN LIGHT RAIN.

VICTIMS, ALL FROM OKLAHOMA, ARE ON WAY HOME AFTER VISIT.

Augusta, Kan., Oct. 14 - Six members of an Oklahoma family were killed late today when their station wagon was struck by a Frisco passenger train on Haverhill Road, five and one-half miles northeast of Augusta. There were no survivors in the vehicle. Augusta is 20 miles east of Wichita.
The dead:
CHARLES CARRIGER, 80, Kaw City, Okla.
His grandson, PAUL BUSBY, JR., 28.
Busby's wife, MRS. LORENE BUSBY, 27.
Their three children, STEPHEN, 5; MIKE, 3; and RICKIE, 3 months.
The Busby family lived at Shidler, Okla.

Light Rain Falling.
Bob Lemon, State Highway Trooper, said the accident happened shortly before 5:30 o'clock. A light rain was falling, and visibility was poor, although there was still some daylight.
The family was starting home after a brief visit with CARRIGER'S son, Paul Carriger, near El Dorado. They apparently were heading toward U.S. Highway No. 54, which is half a mile south of the crash scene.
The engineer, Vernon Hammond, 60, of Neodesha, Kan., said the train was traveling about 45 miles an hour.

Right On Up Incline.
"I saw the car about 150 feet from the crossing and it came right on up the crossing incline in front of my engine," the Highway Patrol quoted Hammond as saying.
The engine struck the right front fender of the station wagon and hurled the vehicle into a ditch. All the victims were thrown out of the wreckage and one of the children was catapulted 150 feet.
The BUSBYS had no other children. They lived on a farm near Shidler.

Kansas City Times Missouri 1957-10-15