Mattituck, NY Auto And Train Crash On Long Island, July 1941
7th FEARED DYING AFTER CRASH ON LONG ISLAND.
SIX OF BORO INSTANTLY KILLED AS TRAIN STRIKES CROWDED AUTO ON HOLIDAY OUTING.
Special to the Brooklyn Eagle.
Greenport, July 5 - ROSE STRAUB, 8, of 66 Powers St., Brooklyn, was fighting for life in Eastern Long Island Hospital here today following an automobile-train crash in Mattituck in which six persons, including her mother and three of her nine brothers and sisters, were instantly killed.
The accident, fatal also to two child neighbors of the STRAUB family and the worst holiday disaster in this vicinity in recent years, took place just before 7:27 o'clock last night when a locomotive-drawn Long Island Railroad train hurtled into the STRAUB automobile at the Sound Ave. crossing.
The train, operated by Engineer George Eichorn and in charge of Conductor Leo Hantz, both of Amagansett, struck the machine, owned and driven by WILLIAM STRAUB, 30, eldest son of the 10 STRAUB children, with such force that the vehicle bound for Brooklyn, was dragged 700 feet toward the Mattituck station.
Police Chief Otto Anrig of Mattituck, unable to gain the co-operation of William Straub, Sr., who collapsed on being notified of the tragedy in Brooklyn, had great difficulty in identifying the victims and the following list of the dead was not made public until shortly before 2 a.m. today:
MRS. FRANCES STRAUB, 50, and three sons, WILLIAM, RICHARD, 7, and ALFRED, 5;
CARMELLO BLANCO, 14, of 78 Powers St.; and CHRISTOPHER O'CONNOR, 18, of 82 Powers St.
Carl H. Magenheimer of Holbrook, a cousin of Mrs. Straub, was summoned to the scene by police after he had been recognized in the snapshot found in her purse, and the bodies of all of the victims were removed to the Tuthill Funeral Home in Mattituck.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle New York 1941-07-05