Temple City, CA Auto And Train Crash, Aug 1962


Temple City (UPI) - Seven persons, including a young married couple and their two children, were killed Monday night when a Southern Pacific express train slammed into their automobile and dragged it half a mile.
Sheriff's deputies said the children, aged 1 and 2, and their parents died in the crash along with two young women and another man believed to be a friend of the family.
Officers said the car was demolished beneath the wheels of the three-unit diesel locomotive of the Sunset Express bound for New Orleans. The train was reported to be traveling at about 40 miles an hour and signals at the grade crossing were in operation.
The train's engineer, Earl F. Knorr, 64, told investigators, "I didn't see it coming and I didn't know I hit anything until I saw the sparks."
Knorr said he realized he hit something about 100 yards after impact. He clamped on the emergency brakes but the train rumbled on for another 700 yards before coming to a halt.
The victims were identified as JOE KENDELL DONNELL, 22, of La Puente; his wife, DIXIE LEE, 19; their daughter, KATHLEEN 2; their son, KENDELL, 1; STANLEY EARL PEACOCK, 19, of La Puente; MADONNA L. FINLAY, 18, of La Puente; and WANDA CAROL BOATWRIGHT, 18, of Rio Linda.

Ukiah Daily Journal California 1962-08-21