Crown Point, IN Auto And Train Collide, May 1959


Crown Point, Ind. (AP) - The family car driven by the father was struck by a passenger train on a country road crossing two miles west of Crown Point, resulting in the death of his wife and four of his children.
The victims were:
MRS. LOUISE BROWNFIELD, 28, Rt. 2, Crown Point;
and four of her children, DOYLE, 10, REBA, 4, RICHEY, 3, and BARBARA, six-months. MRS. BROWNFIELD was dead on arrival at Methodist Hospital in Gary. The children died at the scene.
A fifth child, DORIS, 9, was in critical condition at Methodist Hospital today with multiple skull fractures. The father, ROBERT K., also was in the hospital, but his injuries were reported "not serious."
Lake County sheriff's deputies said BROWNFIELD was driving south-east on a country road which paralleled the railroad track. He made a right turn to cross the tracks and drove into the path of a 10-car Pennsylvania passenger train, which was eastbound. The car was knocked about 150 feet.
Officers said BROWNFIELD'S view was blocked by bushes and a dip in the road.

Rushville Republican Indiana 1959-06-01