Ziegler, IL Train And Auto Collide, Oct 1935


Ziegler, Ill., Oct. 13 - (AP) - A speeding automobile crashed into a Missouri Pacific coal train at an unprotected grade crossing early today, killing four persons and seriously injuring a fifth.
Coroner David Clayton said tire marks on the pavement showed the driver, TONY NIGRA, 27, Herrin, Ill., miner, made a desperate effort to swerve to the right just before the car, a high-powered sedan, rammed into the train.
The coroner estimated the automobile was traveling between 50 and 60 miles an hour.
Instantly killed with NIGRA in the crash were FERN VOLNER, 23, Carterville, Ill., newspaper woman, who was riding in the front seat with him; HAZEL CRAIN, 25, Royalton, Ill., grade school teacher, and CHARLES BARNEY, 27, Herrin, miner.
JAMES EOVALDI, 23, also a miner of Herrin, was taken from the wreckage and brought to a hospital here. Suffering from head and leg injuries, his condition was said to be critical.
The train, hauling 40 loaded cars, was reported by Engineer L. Granneman to have been moving at 15 miles an hour past the crossing, which has neither gates nor warning signals. The automobile struck the twenty-fourth car in the train.

Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1935-10-14