New Carlisle, IN Auto And Train Crash, Nov 1957

CAR-TRAIN CRASH KILLS 6 PERSONS.

South Bend, Ind. (AP) - An automobile carrying five women and a boy to a social gathering drove into the path of a high-speed train at New Carlisle Wednesday night and all six were killed.
The victims, all residents of the New Carlisle community, were:
JEAN VANDERBERG, 39;
MRS. IRENE WILLIAMS, 45;
and her daughter, MARY ANN, 17;
MRS. ALEEN SPENCER, 50;
and her son, MICHAEL, 11;
and MRS. PAULINE BARKER, 52.
The accident occurred on the St. Joseph-La Porte county line road at the west edge of New Carlisle. The train, an eastbound New York Central passenger train, dragged the car 150 feet, mangling and scattering the bodies.
State police said they believed MRS. VANDENBERG was the driver. They said she apparently had stopped at the double track to let a westbound freight train pass and then started up into the path of the other train.
The train, No. 210, is not scheduled to stop at New Carlisle. It traveled several hundred feet to the New Carlisle station before it could be stopped. Engineer August Jelka of Elkhart said he saw the car but could do nothing to prevent the collision.
The conductor was Harry M. Roy of Elkhart.

Anderson Daily Bulletin Indiana 1957-11-07