Batavia, NY Train and Auto Collision, Sep 1925

FOUR KILLED IN WRECK AT R. R. CROSSING.

BUFFALO FAMILIES WERE ON WAY TO PICNIC.

MORE IN CAR SURVIVE.

Car Rolled Down Bank 300 Feet Two Women Carried With Wreckage.

Batavia, N. Y., Sept. 7 (A.P.) -- Four Buffalo persons were killed shortly before one o'clock today when a west bound New York Central passenger train crashed into a light sedan at a grade crossing near Godfrey's Pond, five miles northeast of Batavia on the Byron Road. Three of the dead are women and one a man. All of the women were instantly killed.
The dead are:
CHARLES H. SIMPSON, a welder, 34, driver.
MRS. FLORA SIMPSON, his wife, 33.
MRS. CATAHERINE MYLES, 53 years old, a neighbor.
MRS. DUNCAN CAMPBELL, 56 years old, mother of MRS. SIMPSON.
The SIMPSON and MYLES families left Buffalo yesterday morning for Rochester. At noon they left the main highway with the intention of going to Godfrey's Pond picnic ground to eat their luncheon. They were withing a few hundred yards of their destination when the accident occurred.
The party was in two automobiles, SIMPSON driving the first one and WILLIAM MYLES with his two grown children, were in the second. MYLES thought SIMPSON was slowing up for the approaching train, but he saw the machine suddenly speed up and rush directly into the path of the express.
The SIMPSON car was rolled down the tracks about 300 feet. The bodies of MRS. SIMPSON and MRS. CAMPBELL were carried along with the wreckage of the machine and were terribly mangled. MRS. MYLES was hurled across two tracks into the pond from which she was recovered, a few minutes later. SIMPSON was thrown clear of his car, but died at a hospital here five hours later.

Plattsburgh Sentinel New York 1925-09-08