Manitowoc, WI Train And Auto Crash, Jul 1930
FIVE KILLED BY TRAIN-AUTO CRASH.
FIVE OTHERS ARE INJURED AT CROSSING.
TWO WOMEN AND THREE CHILDREN PERISH IN COLLISION NEAR MANITOWOC.
BODIES HURLED 90 FEET.
GIRL IN HOSPITAL EXPECTED TO DIE - TRAIN CARRIES VICTIMS TO CITY.
Manitowoc - (AP) - A railroad grade crossing accident took the lives today of two women and three children, bound for a relative's farm in an antiquated automobile.
Five other persons in the car were injured, and one of them is expected to die.
The dead are:
MRS. FRANK MROTEK, 32;
MRS. VICTOR POWILSZ, 26;
MARIAN POWILSZ, 2, a daughter died in hospital;
GERTRUDE MROTEK, 5, daughter of Mrs. Mrotek;
and MARTHA VANDERBUSCH, 13.
The injured are:
MRS. ANNA VANDERBUSCH, 36, driver of the car - not serious;
LEONA VANDERBUSCH, 14, daughter - basal skull fracture, jaw fractured;
ELEANOR MROTEK, 4, - not serious;
DOROTHY VANDERBUSCH, 5, - possible skull fracture;
DONALD VANDERBUSCH, 1, - possible skull fracture.
All are from Manitowoc.
Auto Tips Over.
A five-car gas-electric train on the Northwestern Line, southbound, struck the rear of their automobile on a little-used crossing 5 1/2 miles south of the city.
The car hit the stop sign post and turned over tossing out the passengers. Some of the bodies were thrown 90 feet along the track.
The three women, sisters, were on their way to the farm home of Frank Frogena, a brother, where they were going to pick peas. They reached the crossing at 8:15 a.m. and were almost clear when the train struck them.
The top of the car was up, and authorities believed that MRS. VANDERBUSCH'S visibility might have been impaired because of this. The crossing is open, and affords a view 200 yards each way down the track, backed up and brought the dead and injured to this city.
Of those in the hospital, LEONA VANDERBUSCH is expected to die. Injuries of the others, while serious, are not expected to prove fatal.
The Post-Crescent Appleton Wisconsin 1930-08-01