Luxello, TX Train-Auto Wreck, Mar 1920
Six Are Killed in Texas When Train Strikes Auto
Three Die Instantly - Scene of Collision Near Luxello - Victims Are All From San Antonio - Four Succumb Without Regaining Consciousness Before Reaching Hospital.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 28. - At a late hour tonight it was learned that Mr. Garret was still alive, but he was not expected to live until morning.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 28. Three persons were instantly killed and four so severely injured that they died a short time later when the northbound Texas special struck an automobile near Luxello, a small station 25 miles north of here on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railway about 9:30 o'clock this morning. Two of the injured died on the way to New Braunfels and the other two succumbed shortly after reaching the hospital.
The dead, all of whom are from San Antonio, are:
Mrs. KATHERINE SMITH, aged 54.
Mrs. CHARLES C. KRUEGER, 28.
Mrs. W. A. GARRET, 21.
Miss MARY SMITH, 23.
CHARLES C. KRUEGER, 28.
Miss MARY SMITH, 23.
W. A. GARRET, 25.
Mrs. Garret and Mrs. Krueger were both daughters of Mrs. Smith.
The party left San Antonio about 8 o'clock this morning to spen dthe (sic) day with friends in Seguin. Mr. Garret was at the wheel at the time of the accident. The automobile, according to Otto Pereshorn, who lives near the scene and was the only eyewitness, was approaching the crossing from the northeast and another car was coming from the opposite direction. Mr. Garret was driving slowly, not going over 15 miles an house, Mr. Pereshorn said, and appeared to be watching the approaching motor car, entirely oblivious of the onrushing train.
The train struck the car squarely in the center, rolling it over and over for a distance of more than 100 yards. When picked up three of the party were dead, but all except Mr. Garret died on the train while being taken to New Braunfels for medical treatment.
With all of the members of the party dead or unconscious railroad officials and county authorities found it difficult to learn the identity of the killed and injured. It was not until letters were found on the person of the victims by the Justice of the Peace Emil Boelsker of New Braunfels, who held the inquest, that their identity was established and friends and relatives here communicated with.
Tulsa Daily World, Tulsa OK 29 Mar 1920
Transcribed by Jenni Lanham.