Elyria, OH Train And Auto Collision, May 1956
8 KILLED IN CRASH AT ELYRIA.
Elyria, Ohio (AP) - Eight Akron residents, motoring home after attending an evangelistic meeting here, were killed last night when a speeding New York Central passenger train hit their automobile.
They were identified as:
MILLARD C. MARTIN, 37;
his wife, EUGENIA, 33;
their children, DAVID, 15; DONALD, 14; SHARLENE, 9; and TIMOTHY, 3;
WARREN EDWARDS, 46;
and his wife, MARY, 45.
The crash occurred at about 10 p.m. on the west edge of the city.
The train was the NYC's Pacemaker bound from Chicago to New York. Engineer W. C. Karchure of Toledo said it was going 70 to 75 m.p.h. when he saw the automobile approach the crossing.
The car made no apparent attempt to stop, although the diesel locomotive's bell, whistle and oscilating headlight were operating, Karchure said.
Some of the bodies and parts of wreckage were strewn along the tracks for about a half-mile before the train could be brought to a halt. Other bodies were taken from the twisted ruins of the automobile.
Deputy Sheriff Lloyd C. Seclt said the wreckage was brushed by a westbound mail train after the car had been smashed by the eastbound passenger train.
Daily Reporter Dover Ohio 1956-05-21