New Orleans, LA Train And Car Collision, Feb 1947
THREE OF FAMILY DIE IN WRECK; TRAIN COLLIDES WITH CAR IN N.O.
CROSSING SIGNALS FAIL TO HALT MAN AT WHEEL OF AUTO.
TRAIN RUNS LATE AS TRUCK IS DRIVEN DIRECTLY IN ITS PATH.
(By The United Press.)
A tragic railroad crossing accident has claimed the lives of three New Orleans residents, all members of the same family.
Death came to MR. and MRS. DAVID DAIGLE and their 26-year-old daughter BERTHA DAIGLE last night when the truck in which they were riding collided with the Southern Railroad's crack Queen and Crescent Limited at a suburban intersection.
Another daughter who was to have celebrated her first wedding anniversary today -- MRS. ANN ESPOSITO, age 20 -- was critically injured in the accident. Her seaman-husband -- Manuel Esposito -- had arrived in the city from Mobile only yesterday for the anniversary celebration.
Witnesses say DAIGLE apparently did not see the flashing crossing signals and drove his truck directly into the pathway of the locomotive. The fireman of the train saw the truck wasn't going to stop and yelled to the engineer -- but it was too late. The train engine ploughed into the truck and dragged it 1,400 feet before stopping.
As surviving members of the DAIGLE family tell it yesterday had been a happy day. When Manuel had to go back to his ship, MR. and MRS. DAIGLE and two of their daughters decided they would go to a movie a few minutes later, the new truck in which they rode was nothing but scattered ruins. And three of the DAIGLES lay dead, another very critically injured.
At the time of the accident, the train was running 14 minutes late according to the engineer. He said he didn't even see the truck until he could bring the train to a halt.
Ruston Daily Leader Louisiana 1947-02-04