Okeechobee, FL Train Crashes Into Car, Sep 1955

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MAN KILLED IN CAR-TRAIN CRASH AT OKEECHOBEE.

Okeechobee -- RALPH ODOM, of Arcadia, was killed instantly shortly before noon today when the car he was driving crashed into the side of a Seaboard passenger train on U. S. 98 at a railroad crossing about two miles west of here.
Sheriff N. O. Stewart who investigated the accident said that according to witnesses, ODOM'S car slowed down on approaching the fully marked crossing and then speeded up, apparently trying to beat the train. The auto plowed into the second railroad car, being carried about 150 feet down the track. The driver was thrown another 50 feet and killed instantly.
The driver was reportedly a foreman for an oil company drilling at Okeechobee.
An inquest was scheduled to be held in the office of the Okeechobee County Judge at 1:30 today.

Fort Pierce News-Tribune Florida 1955-09-01