Gaffney, SC Auto And Train Crash, Dec 1945

AUTO-TRAIN CRASH KILLS 7 IN GAFFNEY ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Gaffney, Dec. 26 (AP) - A coroner's jury is scheduled on January 3 to investigate the death of seven persons in an automobile-train crash here on Christmas Eve, according to Deputy Sheriff John S. Voss.
Two of the dead were identified by the Shuford-Hatcher mortuary as members of the armed forces. They were CHARLES EDWARD PHILLIPS, JR., 28, on leave from the Merchant Marines, and JACK T. COTHRAN, 24, home on leave from the Navy.
Other victims were identified as FRED WARREN; HENRY PHILLIPS; ROBERT PHILLIPS; G. C. SEIF and MISS GERALDINE BYERS, all believed to be Gaffney residents.
The seven persons were killed in a collision with a Southern railway train on a grade crossing near the center of Gaffney. Police Chief Blaine Byars said that a freezing rain and poor visibility probably accounts for the deaths.

The Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1945-12-26