Austin, TX Auto and Train Collision, Sep 1952
EIGHT KILLED IN CRASH AT TEXAS RAILROAD CROSSING.
Austin, Tex. (AP) - Eight persons - six of them from one family - were killed when a diesel-powered freight train crashed into an old-model auto at a railroad crossing near here last night.
All eight - a woman, five children, and two men - were passengers in the car. No one on the train was injured.
Tentative identification of the victims was made by Justice of the Peace Robin Forrester.
THOMAS A. FORT, 32, of Brady, Tex.
MRS. RUBY INEZ ADAMS FORT, 28, of Brady, Tex.
JACK E. MILLER, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Tex.
BRENDA JOYCE FORT, 9, Brady.
SHIRLEY GEAN FORT, 12, Brady.
Twin boys. THOMAS DALE FORT and BOBBY GALE FORT, 3, Brandy.
BEN H. SMITH, about 14, of Granger, Tex.
The bodies and parts of the badly-mangled 1939 automobile were strewn along the right-of-way before the train stopped about 200 yards from the crossing.
FORT'S body was found pinned underneath the wreckage of the car. The other bodies were lying between the collision point and the vehicle.
Highway patrolmen said there was only one eye-witness, Mrs. James Gully of Winters, Tex., who did not describe the actual collision.
She only said the car had passed her shortly before the wreck and
The crossing on the Burnet Road northwest of Austin, is level and guarded by signal lights and bells.
They operated properly when another train passed after the accident, a reported said.
Times Record Troy New York 1952-09-17