Alamo, TX Terrible Train And Truck Crash, Mar 1940

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TRUCK TRAIN CRASH KILLS 25.

TRUCK CARRYING 42 FRUIT PICKERS HIT BY M-P TRAIN THURSDAY.

McAllen, March 14. - (AP) - Twenty-five persons were killed today when a Missouri-Pacific train splintered a truck loaded with fruit pickers at a crossing six miles east of this Lower Rio Grande Valley town.
Seventeen were injured, many critically.
State Police Director Homer Garrison, Jr., described the wreck as apparently the worst in Texas history.
Missouri-Pacific train crashed into the truck at 8:06 a.m. and carried the vehicle on its cow-catcher for 600 yards, with bodies and limbs being scattered along the tracks for that distance.
Nineteen bodies were taken to the McAllen morgues and others were carried to nearby Weslaco.
Identification of the victims, all passengers in the truck, was slow but all apparently were laborers of Mexican descent living in the farms areas around Alamo, Texas.
The 17 injured persons were taken to the McAllen Municipal Hospital.
The truck burst into flames under the impact of the crash, and one victim was found charred when the train had stopped.
Garrison, commenting in Austin, said:
"The McAllen crossing wreck apparently is the worst of its kind in Texas history. Our records go back only to 1935 when the public safety department was created but no one here can recall a crossing accident in which more lives were lost."

Worst Previous Crash.
One of the worst previous crashes occurred Jan. 22, 1927, in which 10 Baylor University students were killed and 12 injured in a crossing accident at Round Rock, Tex.
The driver of the truck was identified as JOSE RAMON.
Five others were identified as members of one family:
JUAN, ESTEBAN, OTILA, VICTORIA and CARMEN PEREZ.
The train figuring in the crash was a passenger train running between Harlingen and Rio Grande City. The track parallels the main lower Rio Grande Valley highway.
Justice of the Peace Bob Savage of San Juan was investigation.
Eyewitnesses said bodies were strewn along the right-of-way for 500 feet, and a half a dozen ambulances picked up the injured and carried them to hospitals in nearby lower Rio Grande Valley towns.
Names of the dead and injured were not immediately available.
The truck in which the orchard workers were riding apparently was struck squarely in the center, and remained jammed on the front of the locomotive when it came to a halt.
McAllen is in the center of the rich Rio Grande Valley citrus fruit area, and the truck was carrying a load of workers to an orchard. It was not known definitely how many fruit pickers were in the truck, but eyewitnesses said all were killed or injured.

Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light Texas 1940-03-15

A Complete Death List from the Monitor McAllen Texas 1940-03-18:
OTILA PEREZ, 25.
FIDEL VILLARREAL, 8.
ANIBIEL MUNOZ, 10.
ESTEBAN PEREZ, 29.
NOVERTO RAMON, 27.
ESMERENCIO ROSA, 40.
CARMEN PEREZ, 12.
ADALBERTO MUNOZ, 14.
MATIAS GONZALEZ, 14.
RAUL RAMON, 16.
SALVADOR GOMEZ, 20.
MANUEL GONZALEZ, 14.
JUAN PEREZ, 30.
ADELINA ALANIZ, 13.
JUAN ROSA, 38.
JOSEFA VILLARREAL, 13.
LEONOR ROSALES ROSA, 38.
LEONEL RAMON, 18.
PEDRO GRIMALDO, 33.
CLAUDIA ROSA, 11.
MARIA ROSA, 13.
AMADOR GARZA, 21.
VICTORIA PEREZ, 12.
RUBEN ROSA, 24.
JOSE RAMON, 42.
BENITA ALVARADO ROSA, 50.
ORALIA ROSA, 24.
JOSE RAMON, 42.
BENITA ALVARADO ROSA, 50.
ORALIA ROSA, 17.
ANASTACIA ROSA.
MANUEL VILLAREAL.