Fortville, IN Auto And Train Collision, Aug 1957

TRAIN KILLS FIVE PERSONS AT FORTVILLE.

Fortville, Ind. (UP) - A station wagon drove into the path of a speeding New York Central Railroad passenger train late Thursday, killing five of the occupants and injuring critically the sixth.
If HARRY PURDY HOWELL, 31, Selma, dies of severe injuries in Hancock County Hospital at Greenfield, it will be Indiana's worst traffic crash this year.
Previously, three crashes claimed the lives of five persons - Feb. 25 near Plymouth, March 18 near Indianapolis, and May 4 in Austin.
The dead were:
GENE RICHARDSON, 32;
and FLOYD E. LEITER, of Eaton;
MARION M. LAWHORN, 27, of Pennville;
GORDON V. ANKROM, 41;
and JOE PADGET HAUER, of Muncie.
The station wagon was smashed to bits. Its engine was hurled through the air and landed in the middle of a nearby dirt road. One wheel was found several hundred yards away.
Authorities estimated the westbound train was traveling at about 80 miles an hour. The accident happened at a crossing on Lake Road just west of the city limits.
State police said the crossing has no flasher warnings. They said the driver's view of the tracks may have been impaired by brush.

Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1957-08-02

TRAIN-CAR CRASH CLAIMS 6th DEATH.

Greenfield (UP) - HARRY PURDY HOWELL, 31, of Selma, died in Hancock County Memorial Hospital here Saturday night, sixth victim of a train-car collision which killed five companions at Fortville Thursday night.
It was the worst traffic accident in Indiana thus far this year.
HOWELL and five other employees of an Eaton trucking firm were returning home after spending the day blacktopping roads when the New York Central Railroad passenger train struck their station wagon at a Fortville crossing. Five of the six men in the vehicle were killed outright.
The force of the impact hurled the car 800 feet and bodies of the victims were sprawled along the tracks in all directions.

The Republic Columbus Indiana 1957-08-05