Osceola, IN Auto-Train Collision, Nov 1929


Elkhart, Ind. -- (AP) -- A train-automobile accident cost the lives of nine members of the same family at Osceola, Ind., six miles west of here, last night and a tenth was critically injured.
The dead are:
JOHN FLATT, 50, and MRS. FLATT, 47, both of Newcastle, Ind.
Their daughter, MARY FLATT, 17.
DEWEY BRENNAN, 29, and MRS. BRENNAN, 23, both of Newcastle, son-in-law and daughter of MRS. FLATT.
Three BRENNAN children, VIRGIE, 5, FLORENCE, 3, and ROBERT, 10 months.
RICHARD VAUGHN, aged seven months, son of RAY VAUGHN, Osceola, Ind., and grandson of MRS. FLATT.
A daughter of RAY VAUGHN, BETTY BELL, aged four, received a gractured skull and head lacerations and was in a critical condition in a Mishawaka, Ind., hospital.
Two school girls, the only witnesses, said although the crossing bell was ringing and they screamed a warning at the driver, he drove his car directly in front of the west-bound New York Central passenger train. The bodies were strewn along the right-of-way for 100 feet.
RAY VAUGHN, running to the scene from a nearby grocery store, a two-year-old son in his arms, tumbled over the body of his mother-in-law lying in the grass along the rails. The family had been visiting at VAUGHN'S home.

Sterling Daily Gazette Illinois 1929-11-02