Muncie, IN Train-Auto Wreck, Oct 1947

Seymour Daily Tribune newspaper, Seymour, IN
Monday 13 October 1947; Front Page, Column 5

Train Rams Auto, Killing 6 at Muncie

The deaths of six Anderson residents in a train-auto crash at Muncie early Sunday morning brought Indiana's week end toll of accidental deaths to ten.

The six killed at Muncie were enroute home after attending the homecoming dance at Ball State Teachers College. A speeding Nickel Plate passenger train struck their light sedan at an unguarded crossing on the city's western edge, dragging the automobile nearly 100 feet and throwing all six bodies into a patch of weeds.

The dead:
Joseph Lee JACKSON, 43, the driver, Jackson's son,
Richard L. JACKSON, 17;
James W. HUFF, 17;
Miss Florene SAUNDERS, 19;
Miss Marilyn WILSON, 18; and
Miss Beatrice THOMAS, 22.

Only Miss SAUNDERS and Miss WILSON were students. Miss THOMAS, HUFF and the elder JACKSON were employed in an Anderson factory and JACKSON's son worked at the L. S. Ayres department store, Indianapolis.

Police said the accident occurred at 1:18 o'clock in the morning. Coroner Eugene Eissman said the train, en route from St. Louis to Cleveland, was traveling about 65 miles an hour.