South Bend, IN Auto And Train Crash, Jan 1956

SEVEN DIE AS TRAIN HITS AUTO.

By The Associated Press
Seven persons died when a speeding passenger train demolished a station wagon near South Bend, swelling Indiana's weekend traffic toll to ten.
A mother and her three daughters, another girl and two high school basketball players were killed when a Grand Trunk passenger train destroyed the station wagon eight miles southwest of South Bend Saturday.
The dead:
MRS. LOUIS BERZAI, 37;
her three daughters, ELIZABETH, 14, BARBARA ANN, 10, and JOSEPHINE, 6;
MARTHA KLEINE, 15;
and THOMAS McCORD BAIRD, 16, all of New Carlisle;
and ROGER LINDSEY, 17, of Lydick.
LINDSEY and BAIRD were members of the New Carlisle basketball team.
Injured and reported in "poor" condition in South Bend Memorial Hospital today, were LOUIS J. BERZAI, JR., 16, and JAMES P. REUTHER, 14, of New Carlisle.
Police said the BERZAI station wagon was third in a procession of honking cars carrying New Carlisle "B" team members and fans to a basketball tournament at Walkerton.

Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1956-01-09