Ocala, FL Auto And Train Crash, Mar 1956


Ocala (AP) - An Ocala mother, three of her children and another child were killed today when the car in which they were riding collided with the south-bound Seaboard Air Line Silver Meteor here.
Sgt. J. W. Lackey of the Florida Highway Patrol identified the dead as:
MRS. R. S. FLOYD, age unavailable, driver of the car;
EDWARD FLOYD, 1 year old;
CAROLYN FLOYD, 5 years old;
CECELIA FLOYD, 7 years old;
and RICHARD SMITH, 12 years old, all of Ocala.
MORRIS FLOYD, 9 years old, was reported in critical condition at the Monroe Memorial Hospital here.
A seventh passenger in the car, DOUGLAS FLOYD, 11 years old, reportedly was unhurt when he jumped from the car before the crash, the highway patrol said.
The crash occurred at a SAL crossing in the northeast section near the city limits. The car was knocked into a concrete signal standard.
The passenger train was delayed about half an hour.
Lackey said engineer G. W. Haven, of Tampa, reported the train was going about 40 miles an hour and that the crossing signal lights were working.
Other details were not immediately available.

The New Tribune Fort Pierce Florida 1956-03-04