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Richland, IA Train And Auto Collide, Oct 1927



Richland, Ia., Oct. 9. -- (AP) -- Three people were killed today when the automobile in which they were riding was struck by an eastbound Milwaukee passenger train at a crossing a mile west of here shortly after 5 p.m.
The dead are:
BERT RIDER, 22, of Sigourney.
EDWARD and MICHAEL WOLTRING, 24 and 21 years old, of Keota.
Their bodies were horribly mangled.
Although a clear view of the railroad track was afforded at the crossing, the driver apparently did not see the approaching train, according to BALINE and DORIS JOHNSON, 16 and 13 years old, respectively, who were eyewitnesses.
The automobile, a sedan, was dragged under the drive wheels of the engine, which was derailed before it came to a stop 500 yards from the scene of the crash. The bodies were carried from 100 to 250 yards.
Two people were killed at the crossing two years ago.
Harry Reynolds, Keokuk County Attorney, was undecided as to whether an inquest would be held. Neither the engineer nor the conductor of the train was held; the train left here about two hours late.
Dr. Edward Swaney, of Richland, who arrived at the scene of the accident immediately, said that not a piece of the automobile engine as big as his fist could be found.

Sioux City Journal Iowa 1927-10-10

article | by Dr. Radut