Rockville Center, NY Train Crashes Into Automobile, Nov 1909



New York, Nov. 1. -- DR. WILLIAM G. TERWILLIGER and ROBERT WELCH, a real estate man of Brooklyn, were killed and a New York university law student, GILBERT RHOADES, of Milton, N.Y., was seriously injured in a smash-up near Long Beach, when the automobile in which they were riding was struck by a train on the Long Island Railroad. At the scene of the accident, the railroad and roadway cross at a sharp angle.
The machine was literally shattered. The three men were tossed into the air. DR. TERWILLIGER'S body was picked up forty feet from the crossing. MR. WELCH'S body fell fifty feet from the crossing and in another direction. Young RHOADES landed at nearly an equal distance in a third direction, and some 100 feet or more from the spot where DR. TERWILLIGER'S body was found.
It was found that the skulls of both DR. TERWILLIGER and MR. WELCH had been crushed and that they had died instantly. RHOADES was taken to St. Mary's Hospital. There are indications that he has suffered severe internal injuries.

Indiana Evening Gazette Pennsylvania 1909-11-01

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