Indianapolis, IN Interurban Car And Trailer Crash, Oct 1927
THREE PROBES OF WRECK STARTED, 3 MEN UNDER BOND.
MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE FOLLOWS CAR COLLISION WHERE 16 WERE KILLED.
INTERURBAN CRASHES THRU LOADED TRAILER.
LODGE MEMBERS EN ROUTE TO BARN DANCE ARE MANGLED UNDER WHEELS.
Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 15 -- (UP) -- The Indiana public service commission, Coroner C. H. Elver and the Indianapolis police department launched separate investigations today into the cause of the wreck of an automobile trailer hit by an interurban car last night, seeking to determine whether any criminal liability was involved.
The conductor and motorman provided bond, but the truck driver still was in jail. All three are charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 15. -- (AP) -- Sixteen persons, five of them women, were killed last night when the automobile trailer in which they were riding to a pre-halloween barn dance was smashed to pieces by a Muncie-to-Indianapolis interurban car at the edge of the city. Five others were so seriously hurt they may die.
The trailer, drawn by a truck, carried the drill team of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of Enchanted Realm, and relatives. There were only five passengers aboard the interurban and all were unhurt. The motorman and conductor of the interurban car, however, were injured.
HARRY STEWART, driver of the motor truck, and MR. and MRS. C. E. PAULEY who were riding with him, escaped, the truck having cleared the tracks when the crash came. STEWART said he neither saw nor heard the approach of the electric car.
Fourteen of those in the trailer were killed outright.
Two others died soon afterward.
VON W. GLASCOCK, salesman and widely known radio entertainer.
CHARLES O. POISEL, inspector for the Indianapolis Board of Trade.
ROBERT DALLAS, foreman for the Pennsylvania railroad.
MRS. ROBERT DALLAS, his wife.
FRANK H. MEREDITH, linotype operator.
MRS. FRANK MEREDITH, his wife.
MRS. ROLLIN P. RHODES, license clerk in the city controller's office.
CARL JONES, marble setter.
MRS. ADA JONES, his wife.
MRS. MARY BERLING, 26, wife of John H. Berling, secretary of Sahara Grotto; fractured shoulder and internal injuries.
MRS. ETHEL MERRIMAN, wife of Lee Merriman; fractures and internal injuries.
WILLIAM M. HODGES, mail carrier.
HAROLD O. WOLFORD, electrician.
RALPH PARKER, 27, marble setter.
MISS OPAL MERRIMAN, book-keeper.
LEE MERRIMAN, brother of OPAL, employe of the C. E. Pauley & Company.
JOHN G. WATSON, secretary of the Bricklayers' Stone and Marble Masons.
CHARLES M. WHEELER.
The critically injured were:
MRS. PEARL WHEELER, 30, of Edgewood; body cut and bruised.
CHARLES L. KEPNER, both legs broken and bad scalp wound.
MARGARET PAULEY, 39, fractured pelvis and badly cut face.
The less seriously injured included:
EMIL HADLEY, 30, machinist; cut and bruised about head.
WILLIAM H. MERILL, motorman on the interurban, left hand and leg hurt.
HAROLD TITUS, conductor on interurban; face and hands burned.
ROBERT REINHARDT, 29, cut and bruised.
VIRGINIA HURT, salesgirl; shaken up, cut and bruised.
JOHN BERLING, secretary of Sahara Grotto; shocked, cut and bruised.
Songs on the lips of revelers changed to shrieks of horror as the speeding traction car bore down on the trailer, smashing it and hurling bodies in all directions. Five persons were caught in the crashed-in vestibule of the interurban car, and their bodies carried several blocks.
Only a few who had started on the party just a few minutes before escaped death or injury.
Three sons-in-law, a daughter and a nephew of MR. and MRS. PAULEY, were killed. ANother daughter is not expected to live, while a third daughter is in the hospital with a fair chance for recovery.
W. W. MERRILL, motorman of the interurban said he sounded his whistle as he approached the crossing. His statement was substantiated by HAL TITUS, conductor. MERRILL'S leg was broken when he was thrown back into the baggage compartment. Despite his injuries, MERRILL dragged himself to the controls and stopped the car.
The stove in the vestibule was sent flying and struck TITUS, burning him about the face.
STEWART, driver of the motor truck, said the first indication he had anything was wrong was when his machine leaped forward as the trailer was cut from it.
Automobile lights played on the dead and dying as an effort was made to estaablish order out of chaos. Husbands and wives and other relatifves went frantically among the prostrate dead and injured seeking their loved ones.
At one place a man stood silently beside a blanket-shrouded figure. The picture hardly needed an explanation. "It is my wife," he said simply, stunned almost beyond comprehension. He merely stood guard until the body was removed. Then he was led away.
Police took the driver of the motor truck to headquarters for questioning.
Waterloo Evening Courier Iowa 1927-10-15