South Bend, IN Auto And Train Crash, Sep 1943
AUTO-TRAIN CRASH, KILLING 7, MAKES RECORD FOR STATE HIGHEST IN MONTHS.
By the Associated Press.
An automobile-train crash at South Bend yesterday which took the lives of seven persons sent Indiana's weekend traffic death toll soaring to 13 - the highest in many months.
The bodies of the seven persons killed at South Bend were strewn for six blocks and were mangled so badly it took several hours to establish identification.
Their automobile was struck by "The Pacemaker," the New York Central's fast Chicago-to-New York passenger train.
P. C. Myers of Elkhart, the crossing watchman, said all of the occupants of the automobile were laughing and apparently saw neither his frantic signals nor the oncoming train.
The dead were identified as:
JOSEPH PRUSINSKI, about 37;
his wife, JEANETTE, about 35;
their daughter, CHRISTINE, about 9;
FRANK PRUSINSKI, about 34, brother of Joseph;
ISADORE MICHALSKI, about 42;
VALENTINE MICHALSKI, about 39;
and GENEVIEVE LAGOCKA, about 41, all of South Bend.
The Republican Columbus Indiana 1943-09-27