Dugger, IN Freight Train Hits Auto, Aug 1946

Sullivan Daily Times newspaper, Sullivan, IN
Wednesday 14 August 1946; Front page

3 Killed, 2 Injured in Dugger Crash

Freight Train Hits Auto On Isolated Track

Charles REYNOLDS, Julia REYNOLDS, Richard JOHNS Die of Injuries Received In Crash At Noon Today.

An auto-train collison on the "Old Twin Switch" about two miles east of Dugger today shortly before noon resulted in the death of three persons and serious injuries for two others.

The Dead.
Charles Reynolds, 58, of Dugger.
Mrs. Julia Reynolds, 54, of Dugger.
Richard Johns, 58, of Dugger
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The Injured.
Bob McCullough, 38 of Dugger, suffered lacerations about the face, concussion and compound neck fracture.
Isaac House, 65, of Dugger, suffered a fracture of both legs, probable skull fracture and lacerations about the face.

Taken To Linton Hospital.

All were taken to the Freeman-Greene County Hospital in Linton, where Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds were pronouced dead upon arrival. Johns died a half hour later.
House's condition was regarded as critical at the Greene County Hospital at noon today while McCullough was believed to be less seriously hurt.
The accident occurred at the Monon crossing, more commonly known as the "Old Twin Switch," east of Dugger, as the Reynolds and their companions were returning to Dugger from Linton. The train involved was a coal train operating on the little-us ed track.
State Police Officer Joe Feeney of Linton investigated the accident and Greene County Deputy Coroner Dr. Sam Rotman of Jasonville returned a verdict of accidental death.
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Sullivan Daily Times newspaper; Sullivan, IN
Thursday 15 August 1946; Front page

Isaac HOUSE, 65, 4th Victim Of Yesterday's Auto-Train Crash At "Old Twin Switch" Near Dugger

Isaac House, 65, Dugger, died yesterday about 3:00 p.m. from injuries suffered in a train-automobile crash at noon yesterday. The car, a 1936 Chevrolet sedan, was driven by Charles Reynolds of Dugger and struck a Monon Railroad company locomotive on State Road 54, three miles east of Dugger.

The death of House brings to a total of four the number of deaths sustained in the accident, one of the worst ever to occur in this section.
State Officer Joseph Feeney, who investigated the accident, said Walter Bonnett, engineer of the locomotive that was switching cars on a coal mine siding, told him that Reynolds drove his car onto the tracks and tried too late to swerve and avoid the collision. After it was struck by the locomotive, the automobile plunged over a ten foot embankment and rolled over several times.
Bonnett blamed poor visibility near the crossing for the accident, saying a clump of trees obscured his view of State Road 54.

Funeral Arrangements -
Richard Johns, 59, of Dugger, who died yesterday of Injuries sustained in the wreck, was born in Lacashire, England, July 9, 1887. He came to America when he was a young man and served in the American Army in World War I. He was a member of the Church of England in England and the American Legion of Dugger. Mr. Johns had been employed by the Steve-Gall Coal Mine near Dugger.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Agnes Mae Flath of Dugger; one son, Richard Jr., of Dugger, and five stepchildren, George McCullough, James McCullough and robert McCullough, all of Dugger; David McCullough of Sullivan and Mrs. Helen Gillhan of Ontario, Canada.
The body was taken to the Newkirk Funeral Home and will be removed to the residence late this afternoon. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Isaac House -
Isaac House, who died three hours after the accident was a life-long resident of Dugger. He is survived by the widow, Nan; three sons, Isaac Jr., and Jeff, both of Dugger, and Milton, Birmingham, Ala.; one brother, Milton, Terre haute; one half -brother, Hiria, Terre House (sp);; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The body was taken to the M.J. Aikin & Son Funeral Home. funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Dugger Church of Christ with the Rev. Morris Clymore officiating. Burial will be made in the Dugger cemetery.

Reynold's Funeral Not Completed -
Funeral arrangements for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reynolds, who were killed instantly in the crash yesterday, have not been completed pending notification of one son who is in the Merchant Marine.
Mrs. and Mrs. Reynolds are survived by four daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Centers, Mrs. Wilma Pasby (Thelma Pasley), Valparaiso; Mrs. Laverne Thynis, Dugger, and Mrs. Juanita Kisler (Juanita Kaiser), Muskegon, Mich,; six sons, Harold of Sullivan, Paul of Long Beach, California, Charles and Lloyd, both of Dugger and William and Julian, both at home. Mrs. Reynolds is also survived by three half-brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Reynolds is survived by three brothers and three sisters.
The bodies were taken to the Welch and Cornett Funeral Home in Linton pending completion of funeral arrangements.

Sullivan Daily Times newspaper, Sullivan, IN
Friday 6 August 1946

Services For 2 Crash Victims Not Determined

The Welch and Cornett Funeral Home at Linton today announced that funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reynolds, victims of an auto-train collision east of Dugger Wednesday in which four persons lost their lives, will be determined by the arrival of the son, Paul, from London.

The son, a commander in the United States Merchant Marines, left London via plane yesterday and is expected to arrive in the States today or tomorrow and at his home in Dugger on Sunday.

If he arrives Sunday, funeral services will be conducated from the family residence in Dugger Monday afternoon at two o'clock and burial will be made in the Dugger Cemetery.

Meanwhile the bodies are in state at the Welch and Cornett Funeral Home in Linton where friends may call.

Find A Grave Memorial# 95891573 - Charles Adam Reynolds
Find A Grave Memorial# 95891846 - Julia Munyon Reynolds
Find A Grave Memorial# 5027280 - Issac House, Sr.