Gary, IN Train And Two Cars Collide, Oct 1937

TRAIN CRASH KILLS SEVEN.

PASSENGER TRAIN CRASHES INTO TWO AUTOMOBILES ON GARY GRADE CROSSING.

Gary, Ind. - Seven persons including two women and a child, were killed late yesterday when a fast Chicago-bound Nickle Plate passenger train crashed into two automobiles which had collided on a grade crossing.
The two cars, witnesses said, collided just as the train approached. The engineer was unable to stop and plowed into the machines. Wreckage was strewn for 500 feet along the roadway.
The dead:
MRS. EDWARD SCHOON, 33, Gary.
MRS. IRENE CASS, 40, Gary.
her son, ROBERT CASS, 3.
A. C. WEATHERLY, negro, Gary.
PERRY SPANN, negro, Gary.
ROY PRINCE, negro, Gary.
SAM CHAPPA, Mexican, Gary.
Three men in one of the cars leaped to safety. The others were trapped.
Three of the men victims and the three who escaped, Frank Coleman, Oscar Shealey, and James Rucker, were negroes, PWA employees. On the train were 600 Civilian Conservation Corps workers bound from Camden, N.J. to California.
Coleman, Shealey and Rucker said they were returning home from their work project at Schererville, 15 miles southwest of Gary. They were riding east on Ridge Road, a through highway. The second car, on Grant Street, failed to stop at the arterial highway crossing, they said.
The men's car had crossed the railroad tracks, when, the witnesses said, it was rammed by the CASS automobile.
Engineer T. J. Leeter, Fort Wayne, said he saw the accident, but was unable to stop his 12-car train in the five seconds remaining.

Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1937-10-09