Allen's Grove, WI Auto And Train Collision, Jul 1955


Allen's Grove, Wis. (AP) - At least seven persons, most of them children, were reported killed this morning when a speeding Milwaukee Road passenger train crashed into a car near here.

There were 11 persons in the automobile, all believed to be in the same family or closely related. Two were women and the others children.
Walworth County authorities said the car apparently was driven by BEATRICE SMITH of Darien, accompanied by MRS. HARRIET SMITH, 38, of Beloit. All the children were believed to be MRS. SMITH'S.
The Chicago-bound 12-car passenger train hit the auto at a grade crossing within 500 feet of BEATRICE SMITH'S home. Bodies were strewn over a wide area and the car demolished. Officers said the train was traveling about 60 miles an hour.

In addition to the women, these SMITH children were said to be in the car:
LARRY, 13; BELLY LOU, 12; ELOISE, 7; KEITH, 6; JACKIE, 4; CHERYL, 2; DEBBIE, 1; "SKIPPY," 3-months; and another whose name was not immediately available.

The group had just left the home of the Smith children's grandparents to travel to a grocery store at Allen's Grove. The town is in southern Wisconsin.

The injured, all described as in critical condition, were taken to Lakeland Hospital at Elkhorn. The dead were removed to a funeral home at Delavan.

Circleville Herald Ohio 1955-07-05