Fairland, IN Train Strikes Auto at Crossing; Nine Dead, Oct 1923
Nine Are Killed by Train at Indiana Crossing; Only Survivor Jumps, But is Badly Injured
FAIRLAND. Ind., Oct. 14 — Nine persons were killed and one seriously injured when a Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad passenger train struck an automobile at a crossing near here at 11 o'clock this morning. The train was bound from Cincinnati to Chicago.
The dead — all of London, Ind. — are:
BRINTON, MARY, 7 years old.
BRINTON. Mrs. ROY. 30.
GAITHER, GOLD1E, 18.
GAITHER. MAIDA. 22.
McGUIRE, Mrs. JESSIE, 35.
McGUIRE, MARJOKIE PEARL, 7.
MEANS, BYRON, 9.
MEANS, J. W., 70.
MEANS, Mrs. J. W., 65.
The only person in the car to escape was Roy Brinton, who jumped before the train struck the machine, and suffered severe injuries.
According to reports to railroad officials, the occupants of the machine apparently failed to hear the train approaching and were driving slowly across the tracks when the car was hit. Nearly all the victims were instantly killed. Marjorie Pearl McGuire was taken to an Indianapolis hospital and died this afternoon.
The automobile was struck in the middle and completely demolished. The bodies of the victims were scattered in all directions and were badly mangled. Parts of the bodies were found fifty feet from the wreckage.
The victims were on their way to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Means of London, from Brookfield, near here, where they had attended church services, when the accident occurred. Loran House, driving an automobile in front of the machine which was driven by Means, had cleared the track and saw the train coming. He turned and motioned for Mr. Means to stop, he said, but Mr. Means apparently interpreted his signal to mean that the way was clear.
Oct. 15, 1923 edition of "The New York Times"