Port Barre, LA Train And Auto Collision, Apr 1961


Opelousas, La. (AP) - A child, sole survivor of a carload of people killed in the grinding crash of their automobile and a passenger train, clung to life in an Opelousas hospital today.
Physicians said the chances for survival of TENA ANDRUS, 5, were improved.
She was critically injured in the crash at nearby Port Barre which claimed seven lives Wednesday. There were no injuries aboard the train.
Killed were MRS. CHARLES BERNARD, 30; her three sons, CHARLES, JR., 5; DAVID; and MARK, 2; Mrs. Bernard's parents, WALTER ANDRUS, 63, and his 61-year-old wife; and JOANNE ANDRUS, 3, of Opelousas.
The injured girl was a sister of the dead girl. TENA and JOANNE were grand-daughters of WALTER ANDRUS.

Iowa City Press-Citizen Iowa 1961-04-13