Highland, IN Auto And Train Crash, Sep 1941


Hammond, Ind. (AP) - Seven members of a Schererville family were killed yesterday when a streamlined Grand Trunk passenger train struck their automobile at Highland, three miles south of here.
Victims were ANDREW SCHAFER, 36; his 35-year-old wife, ANNE; their four children, ALBY, 13; BUSTER, 12; HAROLD, 16; and MARVIN, 6; and C. M. HAYNES, 60, of Belleview, Illinois., MRS. SCHAFER'S father.
The 10-car train, from Chicago to Montreal, struck the motor car, driven by SCHAFER, and carried the wreckage a mile down the track. Bodies of three of the victims remained in the demolished automobile while the others were strewn along the right-of-way.
SCHAFER was employed in an aircraft products plant at East Chicago. The bodies were taken to a Dyer mortuary where identification was made by George Cable, a neighbor of the Schafers.
The crossing was guarded by wooden cross-arms, but investigating officers said SCHAFER apparently failed to see the fast moving train and drove into its path.

The Decatur Daily Review Illinois 1941-09-14