Saginaw, MI Auto And Train Crash, Aug 1963


By United Press International.
A 55-car freight train slammed into a car carrying nine persons last night in Saginaw, killing seven of its occupants and leaving two others critically injured.
It was the most violent and horrifying of a weekend of tragedies on crowded state highways which saw at least 32 persons lose their lives in auto accidents. At least seven others drowned to raise the toll for the year to 176.
The weekend road toll was one of the worst in Michigan history, including holidays and boosted the year's total as of midnight last night to 1,015 deaths - 117 over a year ago today.
One family was wiped out in the Saginaw crash. ELLIS GARY, JR., 22; his wife, JUDY, 20; their daughter, DAWN MARIE, 4; and their son, ELLIS WALTER, 3 weeks, were killed.
Also killed were MRS. AUDREY GLYNN, 28, the aunt of MRS. GARY; her daughter, LINDA, 8; and her son, DOUGLAS, 6. Mrs. Glynns husband, LESTER, 29, was in critical condition at St. Luke's Hospital in Saginaw. Their son, MICHAEL, 3, was in serious condition. The Glynns were from Auburn, Mich., a town in Bay County.
The group was on its way to visit relatives. The train, unable to see the car because of a clump of trees at the unmarked crossing, was traveling at about 45 miles an hour.

Traverse City Record-Eagle Michigan 1963-08-12