Glenolden, PA Train Hits Auto, Dec 1931
4 KILLED, 1 HURT WHEN TRAIN HITS AUTO ON CROSSING.
WITNESS DECLARES YOUNG MEN TRIED TO CROSS AHEAD OF FAST TRAIN.
Glenolden, Pa., Jan. 1. -- Four young Philadelphians, enroute to a New Year's eve party, were killed here last night when their automobile was struck by a Baltimore and Ohio Express train at the Oak Lane crossing. A fifth person was injured, probably fatally.
Those killed were OSCAR M. DAVIS, 24, driver of the car; CHARLES DENENBERG, 22; RIVA PERIMUTTER, 22; and LAYNETTE LACHEN, 23.
ROSAMOND CHASE, 21, was injured.
A witness to the tragedy, William Gallagher, of Chester, Pa., told police that the automobile in which the five persons rode, was traveling at a high rate of speed and shot over the tracks apparently in an effort to beat the speeding train.
Another automobile had stopped at the crossing to allow the train to pass when DAVIS and his companions attempted to cross.
Members of the train crew said they noticed the car speeding along side the train. When they saw the driver intended to pass the crossing ahead of them, they said, they attempted to stop but could only check the speed of the locomotive.
The automobile was ground to bits beneath the wheels of the locomotive. It was dragged for several hundred feet and burst into flames.
Daily News Huntingdon Pennsylvania 1932-01-01